Who are the up and coming players and teen prodigies on display in south africa?
He may not be a household name and he may still play in the ghana domestic league for the fantastically named HearLiberty profesionals F.C but he is the only starting goalie i could find in the tournament 21 or under
Boateng is a versatile and physical defender capable of playing anywhere along the back 4. He has been a regular in the Hamburg team for the last two seasons before a big money move to Man City,he will have to control his temper to cement a first team place after being sent off on his debut.
The classy ball playing centre half might just be the best young defender in the game. Kjaer is a target for several of the top teams in europe. The first name on the teamsheat in a very good Palermo side expect Kjaer to excell himself this summer and to be playing for Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona in a year or two.
A former USA youth international currently plying his trade in germany for Dortmund, he has yet to replicate his impressive domestic form for Serbia.
A real pressence in the air in both penalty areas. He is prone to making mistakes but has immense potential.
A former striker Isla now plays at left back, has managed to curb his more flamboyant attacking tendencies by playing in Italy for Udinese, he is capable of playing as an out and out winger which he may have to do if the supremely talented Aturo Vidal is playing at left back.
A very classy defensive midfielder, more understated than his flamboyant team mates Xavi and Iniesta but he is still integral to Barcelonas plans.
Tall and rangey with an excellent work ethic, you might not always notice him but expect to see him used as spain look to defend a lead late in the game.
Kroos is an enterprising attacking midfielder who won a host of awards at age group level and has had an excellent season in the Bundesliga scoring nine goal in thirty three games. Munich are excited to have him back from his loan spell at Leverkusen.
Has seemingly found himself a home in Turkey after struggling to keep up with the pace of the premier league and being surpless to requirements at Barcelona, He will almost certainly be playing with a chip on his shoulder and could well change some peples minds with a mature performance in South Africa, hes been around for so long its easy to forget that hes just 21.
Contracted to chelsea but has played this season on loan at FC Twente, where he was an integral paart of the side the took the Eredivisie by storm, a good tournament could see him becoming more involved with the Chelsea first team next season but it is currently unclear where he will be playing his football in 2011.
A player with alot of potential and athleticism who has to be careful not to let his temper get the better of him. Whilst his scoring record for Hull is less than impressive, his record for the national team is much better. needs to show a maturity during the next month in order to establish himself as a genuinly quality centre forward or he is an danger of becoming something something of a journeyman. (he has racked up four clubs by aged 20)
Vela is more of a facilitator than an out and out goalscorer but he did look impressive against England in a pre tournament friendly, hes another player who seems to perform better for the national team than his club side.