Star man: Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)
One to watch: Felipe Caicedo (Al Jazira)
Coach: Reinaldo Rueda (above)
Qualified: Fourth, South America
Best World Cup: Round of 16 (2006)
Predicted group finish: 3
With a wide open group, Reinaldo Rueda’s men seem to have a real chance of progressing to the knockout stages. Seven qualifying home wins and a draw with Argentina in Quito mean confidence should be high.
Star man: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
One to watch: Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Coach: Didier Deschamps (above)
Qualified: Europe play-off winners
Best World Cup: Winners 1998
Predicted group finish: 1
A 2013 Under–20 World Cup win in Turkey suggests a very bright future lies ahead for France, though most of that class will need to wait a further four years to test themselves on the world stage. Les Bleus should have few problems getting out of the group.