SWISS ROLE MODELS
In a World Cup year, experts and fans alike all have their own opinion of who is going to be the tournament's surprise package.
And with a favourable group draw, an experienced coach who has his sights on one last triumph before retiring and a vibrant, young squad at his disposal, Switzerland could very well turn more than a few heads in Brazil this summer.
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ramon Vega played under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld at Grasshoppers and knows what the experienced manager will bring for Switzerland.
For years and goalkeepers on end, Manchester United struggled to replace the legend that was Peter Schmeichel. England have had similar issues coping with the retirement of David Seaman and errors between the sticks for the Three Lions have characterised the decade since the former Arsenal man bowed out almost as much as colossal over-expectation, disappointment and the wally-with-a-brolly saga.
WhoScored's Ali Tweedale evaluates England's goalkeeping options ahead of the World Cup and finds an alarming lack of stoppers in form.
RICKIE LAMBERT Q&A
The next couple of months will be massive in the career of Rickie Lambert.
Southampton's star striker will aim to help his club achieve at least a top-eight finish in the Premier League and, then, he will hope his form has been enough to secure a place at the World Cup.
Here, Lambert speaks in depth about his personal form and World Cup ambitions, along with his fellow Southampton talent, England's Adam Lallana and Three Lions debutant Luke Shaw.
TORRES? YES OR NO?
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has not given up hope of making Spain's World Cup squad.
Torres, who has just turned 30, has not played for his country since their Confederations Cup final defeat by Brazil last summer.
Recently naturalised Diego Costa is set to lead the line for Spain, with Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente and David Villa all having good seasons and looking for places.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has backed club-mate Raheem Sterling to make the England squad for this summer's World Cup.
The 19-year-old winger has enjoyed an impressive campaign with the Reds and has established himself as a key part of Brendan Rodgers' plans.
Sterling, who made his Liverpool debut aged 17 in 2012, has two England caps to his name and he claimed the Man of the Match award in the recent 1-0 win over Agger's Denmark side at Wembley.