Seven young stars to watch in Rus­sia...

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - WORLD CUP 2018 -

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.

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