Seven young stars to watch in Russia...
KYLIAN MBAPPE ( FRANCE, 19):
As one of the most highly-rated teenagers in the game, Mbappe is still finding his feet in international football. Two years ago he was competing in the Under-19 European Championships, but a brace against Russia in March helped push his claims.
GABRIEL JESUS ( BRAZIL, 21):
Already part of the furniture at recordbreaking Manchester City, Jesus has been groomed for a key role at the tournament since scoring twice on his Brazil debut against Ecuador in September 2016.
SERGEJ MILINKOVICSAVIC ( SERBIA, 23):
Linked to a club near you on any given day of the week, the Lazio midfielder seems destined to land a major move soon and what better showcase than the World Cup? A physically imposing player.
GIOVANI LO CELSO ( ARGENTINA, 22):
Fashioning a coherent team from Argentina’s patchwork of mercurial individuals has long been a problem, but this nimble attacking midfielder could end up making the cut ahead of more established stars.
TIMO WERNER ( GERMANY, 22):
Looks a good bet to lead the line for Germany, despite battling with Mario Gomez, Sandro Wagner and Lars Stindl for one place up front. Won the Golden Ball at the Confederations Cup last year.
HIRVING LOZANO ( MEXICO, 22):
The marauding winger has had a huge impact in his maiden season with PSV Eindhoven, scoring a hatful of goals and chipping in with plenty of assists cutting in from the wing. His stay in the Eredivisie could be a brief one, with bigger things beckoning.
RODRIGO BENTANCUR ( URUGUAY, 20):
Not a regular starter at Juventus but trusted enough to start Champions League matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid this season. Has been likened to Nemanja Matic for his physical attributes and presence in midfield.