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FIFA World Cup countdown: Four days to go for Russia 2018, features three #4 superstars

Posted: 10 June 2018 Time: 12:00

As we continue with our FIFA World Cup countdown and only four days remaining, looks at three influential number 4's, including a Nigerian superstar ready to set Russia 2018 alight.

Just four days remain before the global showpiece begins and our three featured number four superstars are as followed.

1. Raphaël Varane

Position: Defender

Nationality: France

Age: 25

After just one season in Ligue 1 with RC Lens in Ligue 1 after graduating from the club's academy, Varane rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of Real Madrid.

And over the past seven seasons at Los Blancos, the elegant centre-back has featured 233 times, winning 15 major trophies, including two LaLiga medals and four UEFA Champions League titles.

After winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Young Player of the Tournament, Varane returns to the global showpiece a more distinguished composed and as an all-around world-class defender with 42 senior caps to his name.

2. Eric Dier

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Nationality: England

Age: 24

Unlike many defensive minded English talents, Dier possesses extreme composure and technical ability that makes him versatile enough to occupy nearly every position on the field.

An invaluable asset for manager Gareth Southgate in Russia over the next month that will likely compete with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson for the anchor role in their new 3-1-4-2 formation.

Since returning to England with Tottenham after five years with Sporting Lisbon, the 23-year-old has developed into a consistent Premier League performer, displaying tactical intelligence in various roles while also showing an ability from set-pieces.

3. Wilfred Ndidi

Position: Midfielder

Nationality: Nigeria

Age: 21

Also known for his versatility as a powerful midfielder who can play across the backline, the Nigeria international has firmly established himself as one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe.

Since joining Leicester City from Belgian side Genk in a reported £17m deal, Ndidi has showcased his undeniable talent and relentless work-ethic at the highest level.

A penchant for the odd screamer from range, the Super Eagles star could put himself in the shop window for Europe's elite this month as he looks to add to his 17 national team caps.

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Article by: Lorenz Kohler
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