I Morgan AMALFITANO
One of the best passers in Ligue 1, the right-sided or central midfielder had not made a single representative appearance prior to his senior debut in February’s 2-1 win in Germany.
Was watched by Aston Villa and Newcastle United while at Lorient, but last summer opted to join Marseille, where he has showcased his versatility and intelligence.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat is said to rate the repertoire of this 6ft 4in striker, who is just as comfortable on the wing as he is as a centre- forward. Has a deft touch despite his physicality and is very self-assured on the ball.
Has graduated from the under-21s and made his senior debut in a friendly against Greece in November last year.
Traditionally more reliant on discipline and pragmatism than flair and adventure, Greece can always look to this Germany-based wide midfielder for a bit of quality and creativity.
Still a teenager, he joined Kaiserslautern, amid interest from several Bundesliga outfits, on a four-year deal in 2011 and was awarded his first senior cap in a friendly against Belgium earlier this year.
Manchester City (Eng)
Has been in tremendous goalscoring form while on loan at Feyenoord, scoring 18 goals in his first 16 league games. Although still very raw, he could be crucial in helping to ease the workload of the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Born in Stockholm to a family with Italian lineage, he spent several of his formative years in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where his father had been posted.
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