The domestic league campaigns might be done and dusted but football fans have a lot more to cheer for this summer as the FIFA World Cup 2018 is just a couple of weeks away.
Manchester City, who lifted the English league title with aplomb, have one of the strongest squads in Europe and have a number of star players actively waiting for their turn in Russia.
Almost the entire Manchester City squad is off to the World Cup with various countries and there are a number of exciting players that City fans will need to keep an eye on this summer.
Here are three such Manchester City players to watch out for in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia:
#3 Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium)
The most productive midfielder in the English league last season, de Bruyne was crucial in City lifting the title and stands as one of the best playmakers in Europe at the moment.
He has 14 goals in 59 appearances for his national side and is yet to create the kind of magic he did at Etihad last season.
In Roberto Martinez’ 3-4-3 system, De Bruyne can not only play on the wings in the attack but has also shown great composure in a midfield role, alongside the likes of Marouane Fellaini or Axel Witsel and will be crucial for Belgium’s chances in the World Cup this year.
#2 David Silva (Spain)
Playing in his second World Cup, the 32-year-old is a crucial part of the Spanish national side, who stand as one of the favourites to go all the way in Russia.
An epitome of the style of play in Spain, Silva is a fleet-footed playmaker, who has shown great feet playing in various roles in attack for the national side.
He has been used as a false-9 and on the wings to good effect and is expected to start every game for the side. His experience and form for title-winning side Manchester City will make him a player to watch out for in Russia.
#1 Raheem Sterling (England)
Currently in the middle of a needless social media rage due to the ink on his right foot, Sterling is never too far away from a controversy but he is pretty important for Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia.
He is the best option for a winger’s role in the current English side and is expected to start most games in the World Cup.
He was in devastating form for Pep Guardiola’s side and if he can continue his form, England have a great chance to go all the way this year.
This is his second World Cup, the first ending in despair and he will want to prove his worth and is surely a player to watch out for in this competition.