WORLD CUP 2018 - SERIE A REPRESENTATIVES

Italy might not be there, but plenty of other Serie A regulars can enhance their reputation at the World Cup this summer.

We’ve got the lowdown on the most interesting familiar faces you’ll see in Russia, including the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Paulo Dybala, Dries Mertens, Alisson Becker, Lucas Torreira and more.

Dries Mertens (Belgium and Napoli)

Once considered too short to be a professional, ‘Ciro’ Mertens is Belgium’s most popular player, explains Vincent Van Genechten. Read More

Paulo Dybala (Argentina and Juventus)

After a mixed season, La Joya must accept the role of super-sub and apprentice at this World Cup, writes Emmet Gates. Read More

Joao Miranda (Brazil and Inter)

Wearing the captain’s armband against Serbia, Inter man Joao Miranda is a rock in Brazil’s defence, writes Daryl Hammond. Read More

Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina and Juventus)

Pilloried for big misses in even bigger games, Argentina in crisis suddenly find themselves looking to Gonzalo Higuain, writes Adam Digby. Read More

Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay and Juventus)

Nicknamed the ‘Uruguayan Paul Pogba’, Rodrigo Bentancur can make his name at this World Cup, writes Marcello Cossali-Francis. Read More

Wojciech Szczesny (Poland and Juventus)

The goalkeeper pushed his way to the starting XI at Juventus and Poland after going from strength to strength, writes Anthony Barbagallo. Read More

Juan Cuadrado (Colombia and Juventus)

Juan Cuadrado has proved he is dependable in a variety of roles down the right flank for club and country, writes Daryl Hammond. Read More

Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia and Roma)

It has been eight years since Aleksandar Kolarov represented Serbia at a World Cup and he’s still going strong, writes Nick Valerio. Read More

Alisson Becker (Brazil and Roma)

In a year Alisson has gone from Roma back-up goalkeeper to one of the best in the world, explains Richard Hall. Read More

Blaise Matuidi (France and Juventus)

In a squad with so many young guns and bright prospects, Blaise Matuidi brings valuable experience, writes Anthony Barbagallo. Read More

Arkadiusz Milik (Poland and Napoli)

Recovering from two serious knee injuries at the right time to make his mark in the World Cup, Arek Milik is one to watch, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi. Read More

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal and Napoli)

A stalwart in defence for Napoli, Kalidou Koulibaly will be expected to be equally as reliable for Senegal in Russia, writes Michelle Osei Bonsu. Read More

Oscar Hiljemark (Sweden and Genoa)

The well-travelled midfielder is finding his form again at Genoa and is a manager’s dream tournament player, writes Greg Murray. Read More

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia and Juventus)

Mario Mandzukic will bring the same grit and determination that has helped him become a Juventus fan favourite, writes Michelle Osei Bonsu. Read More

Andre Silva (Portugal and Milan)

The World Cup is a huge opportunity for Andre Silva to prove he belongs at Milan and is worth another chance, writes Matthew Santangelo. Read More

Piotr Zielinski (Poland and Napoli)

Too often kept on the backburner at Napoli, the World Cup is the ideal time for Piotr Zielinski to show what he can do, writes Ciro di Brita. Read more

Milan Badelj (Croatia and Fiorentina)

Fiorentina’s tragedy has shown the strength of a quiet leader like Croatia international Milan Badelj, explains Giancarlo Rinaldi. Read More

Medhi Benatia (Morocco and Juventus)

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia is the man for big occasions and was decisive for Morocco’s first World Cup in two decades, writes Adam Digby. Read More

Lucas Torreira (Uruguay and Sampdoria)

Lucas Torreira has been a breakout star for Sampdoria this season and should push his way into the Uruguay starting XI too, writes Nick Valerio. Read More

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia and Lazio)

The hottest property on the transfer market could raise his price-tag even higher with a strong World Cup, writes Matthew Santangelo. Read More