Roma's Daniele de Rossi won the World Cup with Italy in 2006. Famously elbowed USA striker Brian McBride in the face in that tournament for which he receieved a four-match ban. Played in the final against France and scored one of the penalties in the shootout.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
The best player at the tournament and starts on the back of an incredible season with Real Madrid with whom he scored 60 goals in 55 appearances. His free-kicks are a joy to watch and his mazy runs have bamboozled many a defense.
Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands
Not enjoyed his greatest season with Inter Milan, but Sneijder delivered the goods at the last World Cup. Picked up an ankle injury in the 2-0 win against Slovakis but will be a key player for Bert van Marwijk's team.
Yohan Cabaye, France
Yohan Cabaye has enjoyed a great first season with Newcastle following his move from Lille. There is plenty of competition for a place in France's talented midfield but he started against Serbia so should seem game time. Takes a sensational free-kick.
Andres Iniesta, Spain
Has an almost telepathic relationship with Xavi in the heart of both Barcelona's and Spain's midfield. Scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands. Rarely loses the ball and can pick a defense with a precise pass.
Arjen Robben, Netherlands
Terrorizes defenses with fellow winger Franck Ribery playing on the wing for Bayern Munich. His place at the 2010 World Cup was in doubt after he picked up an injury in a friendly prior to the tournament, but eventually proved his fiitess, scoring the winner against Uruguay which sent the Netherlands into the final
Franck Ribery, France
Zinedine Zidane described the Bayern Munich winger as the "jewel of French football" and with good reason. Ribery is fast, extremely skilful and delivers a great cross. Has scored nine goals in 59 appearances for his national team.
Yann M'Vila, France
Rennes star Yann M'Vila is a defensive midfielder, who puts in the hard yards and makes the tackles to break up play. Concerns surround his fitness after he sustained an ankle injury in the early stages of France's 2-0 friendly win against Serbia.
The Barcelona midfielder is a pass master and will be one of the main men Spain have to unlock defences. Was named player of the tournament by UEFA four years ago and World player of the year in 2010.
Mesut Ozil, Germany
The skilful Real Madrid star was one of the best players at the 2010 World Cup. Eight goals in 33 appearances for Germany make him a force to be reckoned with.