Five superstars who are going to make their FIFA World Cup debut in Russia

Published: 12th May 2018 09:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2018 11:23 AM  

They are the darlings of football fans all around the world but never before have contested in the biggest stage of international football ever before. Here are five present-day superstars for whom Russia is going to be the first World Cup of their careers.  (Photos | AP, AFP)
Mohamed Salah of Egypt (AFP)
Mohamed Salah (EGYPT): The Pharaohs return to the World Cup finals after an absence that lasted 18-years and lot is expected of Liverpool talsiman Salah. As Egypt take on Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A, he will have to take out the same kind of form that have helped him to score 43 goals in all competitions this season. One of the most-fancied questions of this edition of the tournament will be, how far can the 'Egyptian King' carry his country in Russia, with no less than six players who ply their trade in the English football league to support the quest. (Photo | AFP)
Robert Lewandowski (POLAND):Poland has named 35 players in its squad as it prepares for its first World Cup appearance since 2006 on Friday. The 29-year-old Bayern Munich forward is already a legend for Polish football although he is yet to play his first World Cup finals. He has so far scored a record of 52 goals from 93 games for the national team so far, as is expected to lead his country's charge this summer along with Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik, Monaco defender Kamil Glik and veteran midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski among the rest. (Photo | AP)
Harry Kane of England (AFP)
Harry Kane (ENGLAND): Kane has been the hot-property of Premier League for some time now, and obviously is expected to fill the shoes of Wayne Rooney as the Three Lions prepare to change the history of being perennial underachievers at the international stage. However, the striker has struggled for form since he returned from an ankle injury. The 24-year-old's remarkable agility and godspeed-shots are expected to give extra-sharpness for Gareth Southgate's plans for Russia. (Photo | AFP)
Kylian Mbappe of France (AFP)
Kylian Mbappe (FRANCE): Coach Didier Deschamps would be planning to unleash the young and proficient Mbappe at the opposition goal as they kick-off their campaign against Denmark, Australia and Peru in Group C. The teenager had struck twice when France sunk the hosts Russia 3-1 earlier in March. Mbappe was not even born when France lifted the Cup in 1998 July 12, but he is given the prestigious No 10 jersey for the tournament, which was earlier worn by two of the games all time greats -Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane. (Photo | AFP)
Gabriel Jesus of Brazil (AP)
Gabriel Jesus (BRAZIL): At the age of 21, Jesus is the champion of England with Manchester City, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the world. When Brazil hosted the last edition of the tournament, the former Palmeiras star was painting the streets of his hometown in support of the national team. Much water has flown under the bridge since then as the young man is all set to partner Neymar in the attacking divison of the Canaries in Moscow. He will leave for his first World Cup already having exacted some revenge on Germany for the infamous 7-1 loss at the semifinal, by having scored the winner when the two met for an international friendly in March. (Photo | AP)
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