6 Players to Watch on Day 13 of the 2014 World Cup

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentJune 24, 2014

6 Players to Watch on Day 13 of the 2014 World Cup

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    Groups C and D will be decided on Tuesday.

    In the early games, England, already out, take on Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte while Italy face Uruguay in Natal, with the winner of the latter match progressing and the loser going home.

    In the late games, Greece play Ivory Coast in Fortaleza and Japan play Colombia in Cuiaba. Colombia are already through, but any of the other three teams could join them.

    Here's a list of six players who could shape what happens on Day 13 of the World Cup.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree or add your own.

Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast

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    Yaya Toure has had to deal with the death of his younger brother Ibrahim back in England while he's been away with the Ivory Coast. But the Manchester City midfielder, along with brother Kolo, has decided to stay in Brazil. And he should line up against Greece.

    A win would guarantee their place in the last 16 for the first time in their history, and they could yet top the group, though that's unlikely given their current goal differential.

    But the squad have added incentive to get the right result.

    In quotes carried by The Guardian's Andy Hunter, Guillaume Soro, president of the national assembly, told the players their bonus payments will be doubled if they win.

    The president of the republic asked me to tell you that Ivorians are proud of you, he is proud of you.

    Despite the loss, you were brave against Colombia. He also instructed me to inform you that the bonus against Greece will be doubled.

    In order to earn that bonus, though, the Elephants will need Toure to find the form that made him one of the Premier League's best players last season.

Keisuke Honda, Japan

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    With Shinji Kagawa struggling for form, the responsibility for Japan's fortunes will rest on Keisuke Honda's shoulders.

    The AC Milan midfielder scored a wonderful goal against Ivory Coast in the first game to get Japan's campaign off to a flying start. However, a defeat in that game and a draw against Greece means their hopes of qualifying from the group depend on what happens in their final game against Colombia.

    Honda has urged his team-mates, per the Exeter Express & Echo, to move on from the last two games and play with poise against the South Americans.

    Now that we are in a critical situation, we must put the past two games behind and everyone is getting ready for the next game. ...

    ... Colombia are the strongest team in the group as they have already won their first two games and it really will be a challenge for us to beat them.

    Although they have quick and skilful players up front, we will not just sit back. It will be crucial for us to play with our normal style – chasing the ball down from the front and keeping possession.

    But will Honda receive the offensive assistance he needs from his team-mates?

Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

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    Edinson Cavani is getting used to being upstaged. 

    Despite arriving at Paris Saint-Germain for more than £50 million last summer, he was forced to play in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And playing for Uruguay against England, it was Luis Suarez who stole the show against the country where he plays his club football.

    But it's in Italy where Cavani showed his best form during six years with Palermo and Napoli. If there are any defenders the 27-year-old is going to scare with his pace and movement, it's the Italians.

    He could yet even be playing for a move away from PSG, after telling the Manchester Evening News he's undecided on his future. Will he be able to take advantage of familiar Italian defenders and impress potential suitors?

Giorgio Chiellini, Italy

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    Giorgio Chiellini didn't have a great game against Costa Rica.

    The Juventus defender was lucky not to give away a penalty when he bundled over Joel Campbell in the box. To make matters worse, a video of him taking a cross flush in the face went viral after the game.

    Italy face a showdown with Uruguay for the right to qualify from Group D on Tuesday. It will be Chiellini's job to stop Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. If he can't do it, Italy will be going home early.

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admitted to AFP, via FIFA.com, it will be a tough test against a South American team in the heat of Brazil.

    "I think a lot of European teams are struggling compared to the Latin Americans," he said. "But that isn't an excuse. The climate is the same for all of our opponents."

    Surely, Chiellini will be feeling the heat in more ways than one.

Ross Barkley, England

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    Roy Hodgson has revealed his intention to give his young players a chance in England's final group game against Costa Rica.

    Already on their way home, he has nothing to lose.

    Ross Barkley, who was impressive in the warm-up games against Honduras and Ecuador, is one who will benefit from England's early exit. The 20-year-old has been named in Hodgson's team and will get a chance to show that England's future is bright, even if the last week has been pretty miserable.

    With nothing on the line for the Three Lions, Rio Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror, per Ben Burrows, he's happy Barkley, among others, is set to get his chance.

    I think it’s a young squad so why not see what they’re about.

    I’d love to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain play, Barkley get a few more minutes, Lallana too and I’d like to see Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as well.

    There’s loads of them in the squad that would benefit from having a few minutes on the pitch.

    Indeed, England fans will be hoping for a positive glimpse at what lies ahead.

Luke Shaw, England

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    Like Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw will be given his first start in Brazil when England play Costa Rica.

    The 18-year-old Southampton left-back was a surprise choice in the squad, with Ashley Cole left at home.

    Leighton Baines started against Italy and Uruguay but has had a difficult tournament—especially against the Italians, when he had very little little protection from Wayne Rooney on the left.

    Shaw is set to get invaluable tournament experience against Costa Rica and a chance to prove he, rather than Baines, should start against Switzerland when the Euro 2016 qualifiers kick off in September.