Germany will fifachampion also be a force

  • Germany will fifachampion also be a force to be reckoned with, and while star striker Davie Selke misses out , the talents of Marc Stendera and Julian Brandt will ensure that the European champions' attack remains potent. Nigeria, meanwhile, will be calling on several members of the U-17 team that conquered the world in 2013, with forward Taiwo Awoniyi among the youngsters worth watching.

    The same could be said for flair players elsewhere, with Mexico's Hirving Lozano, Clifford Aboagye of Ghana and Portuguese starlet Andre Silva all capable of both scoring and supplying goals. Nor should we forget those at the other end, with Bogdan Sarnavskyi of Ukraine and USA's Zack Steffen among several promising keepers heading Down Under. As for the hosts themselves, they are able to call upon six players with senior international experience and will be captained by the Marseille midfielder Bill Tuiloma.

    The New Zealand skipper is one of just seven players at the 2015 edition who have previously played at a U-20 World Cup. Yet despite this kind of experience, the Kiwis' squad is one of the competition's youngest, though Nigeria top this particular table with an average age of 18 years and nine months. The oldest, meanwhile, are provided by the European duo of Germany and Ukraine.