Premier League stars set for battle for World Cup glory

Premier League stars set for battle for World Cup glory

The 2018 World Cup takes centre stage this summer and numerous Premier League stars are in with a realistic chance of picking up a winner’s medal.

Brazil and Germany lead the betting to win the tournament, but France, Spain and Argentina are also prominent in the outright market.

Read on as we take a look at which Premier League players could be part of a World Cup success in Russia.

Brazil

There is a strong Premier League presence in Brazil’s squad, with six players currently plying their trade in England’s top flight.

Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus will head into the tournament full of confidence having won the title with Manchester City.

Chelsea’s Willian and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino complete the sextet, although the latter will have to put the Reds’ dismal showing in the Champions League final against Real Madrid firmly behind him.

Germany

Germany are yet to confirm their final squad for the World Cup, with manager Joachim Low eager to give some of his injured stars time to recover for the tournament.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil seems sure to be chosen in midfield, while Manchester City pair Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane will probably join him.

Antonio Rudiger looks a good bet to be part of Germany’s defensive options, but Liverpool’s Emre Can has already been omitted.

France

France are a popular selection to win the tournament in daily football tips articles and almost a quarter of their squad plays in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris should start in goal, while Manchester city star Benjamin Mendy will hope to get the nod at left-back.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) and Paul Pogba (Manchester United) are likely starters in midfield, but Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud will probably be used as an impact substitute.

Spain

Spain are unbeaten under manager Julen Lopetegui and look back to the sort of form that saw them win the tournament in 2010.

David Ge Gea is certain to start in goal after a superb season with Manchester United, while City’s David Silva could bag one of the midfield berths.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) are unlikely to see much game time.

Argentina

There is a strong Manchester flavour to Argentina’s probable line-up, with United’s Sergio Romero expected to be their starting goalkeeper.

City defender Nicolas Otamendi and forward Sergio Aguero should also feature heavily, but Willy Caballero (Chelsea) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) are both in the squad as back-ups.