Your complete 2018 FIFA World Cup team guide

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The top 32 footballing nations in the world will battle it out for the 2018 FIFA World Cup beginning in Russia on June 14.

Will Brazil lift a sixth unprecedented World Cup football title in Russia or will Germany successfully defend their crown won so convincingly four years ago?

All will be revealed after the final on Sunday, July 15 in Moscow.

Below is a summary of the 32 participating teams with their coaches, leading players and record.

GROUP A:

RUSSIA:

Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov

Star player: Igor Akinfeev

World Cup best: First round 1994, 2002, 2014 (Soviet Union finished fourth in 1966)

Russia qualified automatically as hosts and will be desperate to improve their poor recent record at major tournaments. They have not won a match at a major finals since Euro 2012 and, since the break-up of the Soviet Union, have not progressed from the World Cup group stage.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrei Lunyov

Defenders: Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fyodor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov

Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev, Alan Dzagoev, Yuri Gazinsky, Alexander Golovin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Alexander Samedov, Alexander Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin

Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba, Alexei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov.

SAUDI ARABIA:

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi

Star player: Mohammad Al Sahlawi

World Cup best: Second round 1994

After qualifying for four consecutive tournaments between 1994 and 2006, Saudi Arabia missed out in 2010 and 2014 but are back after finishing ahead of Australia in their qualifying group. Former Valencia and Chile boss Pizzi was brought in towards the end of last year.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais, Yasser Al Mosailem, Abdullah Al Mayouf

Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi, Yasser Al Shahrani, Mohammed Al Breik, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Ali Al Bulaihi

Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari, Abdulmalek Al Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al Jassim, Houssain Al Mogahwi, Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al Dawsari, Yahya Al Shehri, Fahad Al Muwallad

Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri

EGYPT:

Coach: Hector Cuper

Star player: Mohamed Salah

World Cup best: First round 1934, 1990

Egypt will make only their third appearance at a World Cup finals and their first since 1990 after booking their place in Russia with victory over Congo. Runners-up to Cameroon in last year's African Nations Cup.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El Shennawy

Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Fathi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud Hamdy, Ahmed Hegazi, Saad Samir

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Abdallah El Said, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Kahraba, Sam Morsy, Shikabala, Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Hassan, Amr Warda

Forwards: Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah 

URUGUAY:

Coach: Oscar Tabarez

Star player: Luis Suarez

World Cup best: Winners 1930, 1950

Uruguay's last World Cup campaign was overshadowed by Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini, but they qualified impressively for Russia and possess undoubted firepower as Suarez is joined by Paris St Germain star Edinson Cavani.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana.

Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela.

Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez.

Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.

GROUP B:

PORTUGAL:

Coach: Fernando Santos

Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo

World Cup best: Third place 1966

Portugal enjoyed an intense battle with Switzerland for automatic qualification but came out on top. Buoyed by winning their first major title at Euro 2016, the Ronaldo-inspired Portuguese will be hoping to cause another upset in Russia.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio.

Defenders: Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias.

Midfielders: Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho.

Forwards: Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma.

SPAIN:

Coach: Julen Lopetegui

Star player: Isco

World Cup best: Winners 2010

The previously all-conquering Spanish suffered the ignominy of a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup, before bowing out in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. But the squad's evolution is bringing results and March's 6-1 shellacking of Argentina was a warning to the world.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Defenders: Jordi Alba, César Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernández, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Odriozola.

Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion, Saul Ňiguez, Marco Asensio, David Silva, Lucas Vázquez, Francisco “Isco” Alarcón.

Forwards: Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Diego Costa.

MOROCCO:

Coach: Herve Renard

Star player: Medhi Benatia

World Cup best: Second round 1986

Well-travelled coach Renard will have relished beating his former employers the Ivory Coast to top spot in a tough qualifying group. The north Africans are back at the finals for the first time since 1998.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti

Defenders: Badr Banoun , Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss

Midfielders: Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech

Forwards: Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi

IRAN:

Coach: Carlos Queiroz

Star player: Sardar Azmoun

World Cup best: First round 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014

This will be Iran's fifth appearance at the World Cup finals, but their only victory came against the United States in 1998. Won their final qualifying group ahead of South Korea under former Manchester United assistant Queiroz.

Full Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Alireza Beyranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh.

Defenders: Majid Hosseini, Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Milad Mohammadi , Roozbeh Cheshmi, Ehsan Hajsafi.

Midfielders: Saeid Ezatollahi , Masoud Shojaei, Mehdi Torabi, Omid Ebrahimi, Karim Ansarifard.

Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Saman Ghoddos, Ashkan Dejagah, Vahid Amiri.

GROUP C:

FRANCE:

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Star player: Antoine Griezmann

World Cup best: Winners 1998

Knocked out in the quarter-finals in 2014, France have built a hugely impressive squad and will hope to make up for their near-miss on home soil in Euro 2016, when they lost in the final to Portugal. Capable of going all the way.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez.

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, Steven N’Zonzi.

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar.

AUSTRALIA:

Coach: Bert van Marwijk

Star player: Aaron Mooy

World Cup best: Second round 2006

Completing a quintet of qualifiers from the Asian groups, Australia conquered Honduras over two play-off legs. Shocked by coach Ange Postecoglou's resignation, the Socceroos turned to Van Marwijk, who coached Holland to the World Cup final in 2010.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic

Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury

Midfielders: Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic

Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos.

PERU:

Coach: Ricardo Gareca

Star player: Edison Flores

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1970

Peru had not qualified for the World Cup since 1982, but finally booked the last spot in Russia with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their play-off. Paolo Guerrero's inclusion after initially being banned is a major boost and they are tipped to battle Denmark and Australia for the second qualifying spot in the group behind favourites France.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese, Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo.

Defenders: Aldo Corzo, Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Miguel Araujo, Alberto Rodriguez, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Trauco, Nilson Loyola.

Midfielders: Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo Hurtado, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Andy Polo, Wilder Cartagena.

Forwards: Andre Carrillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero.

DENMARK:

Coach: Age Hareide

Star player: Christian Eriksen

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1998

After missing out in 2014, Eriksen propelled Denmark back to the World Cup finals with a hat-trick in their play-off victory over the Republic of Ireland. The Danes failed to get out of their group on their last appearance in 2010.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow.

Defenders: Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen.

Midfielders: William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli.

Forwards: Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Kasper Dolberg.

GROUP D

ARGENTINA:

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

Star player: Lionel Messi

World Cup best: Winners 1978, 1986

A nervy qualification campaign saw one of world football's great powers book their place at the last opportunity with victory over Ecuador, but the losing finalists in 2014 will be looking to go one better. That said, the Lionel Messi-less side's 6-1 loss to Spain in March suggests that is a big ask.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani.

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolás Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuña, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Tagliafico.

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano, Ángel Di María, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Maximiliano Meza, Eduardo Salvio, Cristian Pavon.

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala.

ICELAND:

Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson

Star player: Gylfi Sigurdsson

World Cup best: Debut

The smallest nation by population ever to qualify for the World Cup finals, Iceland followed up their Euro 2016 heroics by topping a group featuring Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. Sigurdsson's knee injury is an unwanted concern heading into the tournament.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram.

Defenders: Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson.

Midfielders: Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson.

Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson

CROATIA:

Coach: Zlatko Dalic

Star player: Luka Modric

World Cup best: Third place 1998

Since reaching the semi-finals at France 98, they have failed to make it out of the group. Ivan Rakitic, Modric and Ivan Perisic are exciting creative options for coach Dalic, who was parachuted in at the end of qualification to steer Croatia to Russia.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic.

Defenders: Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car.

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric.

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic.

NIGERIA:

Coach: Gernot Rohr

Star player: Victor Moses

World Cup best: Second round 1994, 1998, 2014

An impressive qualifying campaign booked Nigeria's place in Russia. The Super Eagles have only missed one of the last seven tournaments but 2014's victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina was their first since 1998.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho.

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi.

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi.

Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo

GROUP E:

BRAZIL:

Coach: Tite

Star player: Neymar

World Cup best: Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

The five-time champions were the first team other than hosts Russia to qualify for the tournament after a very impressive campaign. Wounded by their semi-final humiliation on home soil in 2014, they are looking to make their first World Cup final since last winning the title in 2002.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio.

Defenders: Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Filipe Luis, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Fagner.

Midfielders: Fernandinho, Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Renato Augusto, Fred.

Forwards: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa, Taison.

SWITZERLAND:

Coach: Vladimir Petkovic

Star player: Xherdan Shaqiri

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1934, 1938, 1954

Qualified for their fourth straight World Cup by beating Northern Ireland in a play-off via a controversial penalty. They have made it out of their group in two of the previous three and that will be the minimum aim this time around.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer

Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jacques-Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer

Midfielders: Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Steven Zuber

Forwards: Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris Seferovic

COSTA RICA:

Coach: Oscar Ramirez

Star player: Keylor Navas

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 2014

Finished second in CONCACAF qualifying, with the highlight being a 4-0 victory over the United States. Will be hard pushed to match their 2014 performance, when they beat Italy, Uruguay and Greece before losing to Holland on penalties.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira.

Defenders: Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta.

Midfielders: David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres.

Forwards: Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena.

SERBIA:

Coach: Mladen Krstajic

Star player: Nemanja Matic

World Cup best: First round 2010 (Yugoslavia finished fourth in 1930 and 1962, Serbia and Montenegro reached the second round in 1998)

Qualifying for a first major tournament since the 2010 World Cup was not enough to save manager Slavoljub Muslin from the sack. They finished top of a group featuring the Republic of Ireland and Wales, with Krstajic given the role permanently in December after an initial caretaker stint.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic

Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic

Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem Ljajic

Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka Jovic

GROUP F:

GERMANY:

Coach: Joachim Low

Star player: Toni Kroos

World Cup best: Winners 2014 (West Germany were champions in 1954, 1974 and 1990)

The reigning champions qualified in style, winning all 10 of their games, scoring 43 goals and conceding only four. Their golden generation is aging but remains a force and has been enhanced by young blood.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt, Jonas Hector, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich.

Midfielders: Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy, Julian Brandt, Ilkay Gundogan

Forwards: Timo Werner, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez.

MEXICO:

Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio

Star player: Javier Hernandez

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 1970, 1986

Mexico are traditionally the strongest team in the CONCACAF region and again qualified comfortably. They have reached the second round at the last six tournaments without once going further.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, Jesus Corona.

Defenders: Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Edson Alvarez, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun.

Midfielders: Rafael Marquez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Giovani Dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Marco Fabian.

Forwards: Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Manuel Corona, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Hirving Lozano.

SWEDEN:

Coach: Janne Andersson

Star player: Emil Forsberg

World Cup best: Runners-up 1958

They may be missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Sweden qualified for their first World Cup since 2006 with a play-off win over four-time champions Italy. They also finished above Holland in a tough qualifying group which was headed by France.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson.

Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz.

Forwards: Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin.

SOUTH KOREA:

Coach: Shin Tae-yong

Star player: Son Heung-min

World Cup best: Fourth place 2002

South Korea qualified for their ninth consecutive World Cup finals despite an indifferent campaign. They have only won two matches since finishing fourth as co-hosts in 2002.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Cho Hyun-woo;

Defenders: Kim Young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Park Joo-ho, Lee Yong, Go Yo-han, Kim Min-woo, Hong Chul, Yun Yong-sun, Jung Seung-hyun, Oh Ban-suk,

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng, Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Jae-sung, Ju Se-jong, Lee Seung-woo, Moon Sun-min, Jung Woo-young;

Forwards: Kim Shin-wook, Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan.

GROUP G

BELGIUM:

Coach: Roberto Martinez

Star player: Eden Hazard

World Cup best: Fourth place 1986

Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels.

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Laurent Ciman, Leander Dendoncker, Christian Kabasele, Vincent Kompany, Jordan Lukaku, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen.

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel.

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens.

PANAMA:

Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez

Star player: Blas Perez

World Cup best: Debut

Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodriguez.

Defenders: Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Erick Davis, Fidel Escobar, Michael Murillo, Adolfo Machado, Luis Ovalle, Roman Torres.

Midfielders: Jose Luis Rodriguez, Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero.

Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo, Ismael Diaz, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres.

TUNISIA:

Coach: Nabil Maaloul

Star player: Wahbi Khazri

World Cup best: Group stage 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006.

After appearing at three consecutive finals without winning a single group game, Tunisia missed the last two editions. Unbeaten in qualifying, they defeated DR Congo by a point, with a last-round draw against Libya proving enough for a squad featuring a number of Tunisia-based players.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Hassen, Aymen Mathlouthi

Defenders: Rami Bedoui, Yohan Benalouane, Syam Ben Youssef, Dylan Bronn, Oussama Haddadi, Ali Maaloul, Yassine Meriah, Hamdi Nagguez

Midfielders: Anice Badri, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghaylene Chaalali, Ahmed Khalil, Saifeddine Khaoui, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri, Naim Sliti, Bassem Srarfi

Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Saber Khalifa , Wahbi Khazri

ENGLAND:

Coach: Gareth Southgate

Star player: Harry Kane

World Cup best: Winners 1966

A comfortable qualification campaign did little to boost optimism for England's chances in Russia, although recent promising friendly displays may have. This is a first major tournament in charge for Southgate, who watched from afar as the Three Lions failed to make it out of the group in Brazil. The wounds of the Euro 2016 last-16 exit to Iceland also remain raw.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph.

Forwards: Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck.

GROUP H:

POLAND:

Coach: Adam Nawalka

Star player: Robert Lewandowski

World Cup best: Third place 1974, 1982

Surprisingly among the top seeds as Poland return to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006. They comfortably topped their qualifying group and are looking to make the knockout stages for the first time since 1986.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny

Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Jacek Goralski, Kamil Grosicki, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Rafal Kurzawa, Karol Linetty, Slawomir Peszko, Maciej Rybus, Piotr Zielinski);

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukasz Teodorczyk.

SENEGAL:

Coach: Aliou Cisse

Star player: Sadio Mane

World Cup best: Quarter-final 2002

The surprise package at the 2002 World Cup when they memorably beat holders France. Senegal missed three editions of the tournament before securing their return. In Mane, they have a player that can frighten the best.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Khadim Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Diallo, Alfred Gomis.

Defenders: Kara Mbodji, Kalidou Koulibaly, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Lamine Gassama, Armand Traore, Salif Sane.

Midfielders: Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Cheikh N’Doye.

Forwards: Sadio Mane, Diao Balde Keita, Ismaila Sarr, Diafra Sakho, Moussa Konate, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang.

COLOMBIA:

Coach: Jose Pekerman

Star player: James Rodriguez

World Cup best: Quarter-finals 2014

Colombia's star has waned a little since their brilliant showing in 2014, when Rodriguez inspired them to the last eight. Narrowly - and controversially - beaten by hosts Brazil, they finished fourth in South American qualifying for this edition.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Jose Fernando Cuadrado

Defenders: Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina

Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Juan Fernando Quintero, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado

Forwards: Radamel Falcao Garcia, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel

JAPAN:

Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic

Star player: Shinji Kagawa

World Cup best: Second round 2002, 2010

Appearing at their sixth consecutive World Cup finals after winning their qualification group. Did not win any of their three group games at the 2014 tournament.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi , Kosuke Nakamura.

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda.

Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima.

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto.

Source: AAP

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