Ranking the Top 10 Nations by World Cup Warm-Up Results

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Ranking the Top 10 Nations by World Cup Warm-Up Results
Andre Penner/Associated Press

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is ready to go, with hosts Brazil set to face Croatia on the opening day of the month-long tournament.

After two years of qualifiers, more than 200 nations have been whittled down to 32, while squads have been chosen, altered, finalised and re-altered along the way, sometimes with over 35 or 40 players having contributed along the way to reach the finals.

Those 23 for each country who will take part in Brazil have been playing warm-up games over the past few weeks, with momentum, fitness and form paramount in coaches' minds, along with tactical plans and deciding on starting XIs, of course.

Form heading into the World Cup doesn't necessarily dictate what will go on once the tournament proper starts, but it certainly gives us an insight into which nations should be heading into the competition riding the crest of a wave and which have work to do to ensure results start to turn their way.

Here are the top 10 performing nations from the warm-up games, with due attention given to strength of opposition as well as results.

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