Manchester United will be heavily represented at this summer’s World Cup, with 11 players set to take part in Russia.

Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are in the England squad, while David de Gea (Spain), Marcos Rojo (Argentina), Paul Pogba (France) and Victor Lindelof (Sweden) have been named by their respective nations.

Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) and Nemanja Matic complete United’s World Cup contingent.

Read on as we look at which nations hold a realistic chance of delivering World Cup success for United’s stars this summer.


Spain are unbeaten under manager Julen Lopetegui and they look back to the sort of form that saw them win the World Cup in 2010.

De Gea was in sparkling form for United last season and he will have a star-studded defence in front of him in Russia.

Spain recently demolished Argentina 6-1 in a friendly and they are currently third favourites to win the tournament behind joint-favourites Germany and Brazil.

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France are expected to have a major impact at the World Cup. An opening group of Peru, Denmark and Australia should hold no fears for a squad that contains some serious firepower.

Pogba has received plenty of criticism for his performances for both club and country and he will be eager to prove a point in Russia.

France have failed to reach the semi-finals in the last two World Cups, but they conceded just six goals during qualifying and could be hard to beat this time around.


Belgium are the favourites to win Group G, closely followed by England. The Belgians enjoyed an impressive qualifying campaign, scoring 43 goals and conceding just six.

Lukaku is guaranteed to lead the line for Belgium, but Fellaini has plenty of competition from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard for a midfield role.

The two European sides should see off Tunisia and Panama in the opening stage and Belgium in particular could be a decent outside bet to win the World Cup.


The 2014 runners-up will be keen to go one better in Russia and give Lionel Messi his first ever World Cup success.

Rojo has featured in warm-up games against Spain and Haiti and can be expected to see plenty of game time this summer.

A first round group of Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria looks winnable and Argentina have a fairly favourable route to the final if they can produce their best form.