Confederations Cup Final 2013: 5 Premier League Players Expected to Shine

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Confederations Cup Final 2013: 5 Premier League Players Expected to Shine
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For fans starved of football during the close season of the Premier League, the Confederations Cup has brought some much-needed respite.

Eight nations have contested what is viewed as the dress rehearsal for next summer's World Cup, from tiny Tahiti to tournament hosts Brazil, and this year's final pits the latter against world and European Champions Spain at the Estadio Maracana tonight.

The Brazilians will be hoping for victory to fill both themselves and perhaps the country itself with renewed optimism following their slump to their lowest-ever Fifa ranking along with widespread protesting and disharmony.

As for Spain, they will be hoping for a clean sweep of silverware by collecting the Confederations Cup to sit neatly in their glittering trophy cabinet alongside the European Championship and of course the World Cup.

Brazil have three representatives from the Premier League while Spain boast seven players from England's topflight, and all 10 will be hoping to put in quality performances tonight and to hit the ground running ahead of the resumption of the EPL in August.

Here, B/R profiles five Premier League stars who are expected to shine in tonight's Confederations Cup final.

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