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Top 10 U-23 players to look out for in the 2018 FIFA World Cup 

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The football world's most coveted trophy on display

The FIFA World Cup is still regarded by many as the most prestigious tournament in world football, and with Russia's 2018 edition almost at our doorstep, many young stars will be looking to set the world alight by taking advantage of the spotlight, in order to introduce themselves to the whole globe.

And what better example of an unknown talented youngster using "El Mundial" to grab the attention of the public, than a certain Pelé in Sweden in 1958?

In this article, we have a look at 10 under-23 players, who have the potential to surprise many with their performance in Russia.

The possibility of their national team qualifying for the event, as well as how likely their teammates are expected to help them shine, are the criteria taken into consideration. So, here goes!


#10 - Marcus Rashford:

England v Wales - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016
Marcus Rashford vs Wales - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Marcus Rashford has had an excellent start to the new season, having already netted 6 goals and 4 assists across all competitions for both, Manchester United and England's national team.

The 19-year old is blessed with pace, skills and end product and is without any doubt one of the best talents in Europe as we speak.

Also read: Marcus Rashford: A bright start to a promising career

However, one of the problems he can face is the unknown outcome of the 'Three Lions' during the competition.

England have done very well in qualifiers of recent editions, but the problems have always emerged whenever the competition actually starts and the pressure arises.

As a matter of fact, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

So, will playing for his country be an obstacle that Rashford will have to overcome, in order of steal the spotlight in Russia?

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