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World Cup Wanderers: Brazil 2014

14 June 2018

Ahead of this summer's competition in Russia, bwfc.co.uk gets in the mood by reviewing all former editions of the biggest tournament in football and the World Cup Wanderers who were in action!

Ahead of the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, the final edition of World Cup Wanderers sees the likes of Gary Cahill, Daniel Sturridge and Lee Chung-Yong all turn out at Brazil 2014!

GARY CAHILL
England
Appearances: 
3
Goals: 
0
Stage reached: 
Group-stages

DANIEL STURRIDGE
England
Appearances: 
3
Goals: 
1
Stage reached: 
Group-stages

JACK WILSHERE
England
Appearances: 
2
Goals: 
0
Stage reached: 
Group-stages

Having first earned international recognition with Wanderers in 2010, Gary Cahill had long since established himself as first-choice for England heading into the 2014 World Cup.

An ever-present alongside former Whites loanee Daniel Sturridge, fellow former loanee Jack Wilshere also featured twice as the Three Lions suffered a disappointing group-stage exit.

Sturridge marked his World Cup debut with a goal to cancel out Claudio Marchisio's opener as he started alongside Cahill for England's opening game against Italy, with Wilshere later coming on as a substitue after Mario Balotelli had restored the Italians lead as the Three Lions lost 2-1.

Despite Wayne Rooney cancelling out Luis Suarez's opener in their second outing, the Liverpool striker netted his second late on as a 2-1 defeat confirmed England's exit with a game left to play.

All three Bolton representatives featured in the Three Lions' last game as they left the tournament with a whimper, fighting out a drab 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

 

BLERIM DZEMAILI
Switzerland
Appearances: 
3
Goals: 
1
Stage reached: 
Round-of-16

Unused for Switzerland's opening game as Haris Seferovic's goal saw them clinch a last-minute 2-1 victory over Ecuador, Blerim Dzemaili was brought on as a half-time substitute in their second outing against France.

Losing 3-0 at the break to goals from Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi and Mathieu Valbuena, further goals from Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko gave France a convincing 5-0 lead.

Dzemaili pulled one back late on with a long-range free-kick before Granit Xhaka's volley saw Switzerland lose 5-2.

The midfielder was again used as a substitute as Xherdan Shaqiri's hat-trick clinched a 3-0 victory over Honduras to book Switzerland's place in the knock-out stages.

Facing Argentina in the second round, Dzemaili was again brought on as a substitute in extra-time following a goalless 90 minutes as Angel Di Maria's late strike saw Switzerland lose 1-0 to exit the competition.

 

ANDRANIK TEYMOURIAN
Iran
Appearances: 
3
Goals: 
0
Stage reached: 
Group-stages

Andranik Teymourian was again an ever-present for Iran as they suffered another group-stage exit.

The midfielder completed all 90 minutes in all three of Iran's matches as they opened with a 0-0 draw against Nigeria.

Losing 1-0 to Argentina in their next game as Lionel Messi netted a last-minute winner, defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina saw Iran knocked out of the competition as goals from Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic saw them lose 3-1 despite Reza Ghoochannejhad's late consolation.

 

LEE CHUNG-YONG
South Korea
Appearances: 3
Goals: 0
Stage reached: Group-stages

Wanderers winger Lee Chung-Yong started all three of South Korea's games as they were knocked out of the group-stages in Brazil.

Opening with a 1-1 draw with Russia, South Korea lost their second outing 4-2 to Algeria despite efforts from Son Heung-Min and Koo Ka-Cheol.

Facing Belgium in their final game, Jan Vertonghen's late goal saw Lee and South Korea lose 1-0 to exit the competition.


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