So the excitement of the group stage is over and now the fun of knockout football can begin. The World Cup group stage lived up to the billing and has provided excited viewers with the most outstanding exhibition of international football.
It’s now time to assess some of those Premier League stars who have appeared in Brazil. Blessed with a host of the world’s best footballers, the contribution of talent from English shores has been relatively minimal, if compared to the likes of the Bundesliga and La Liga.
Nevertheless, the Premier League has had its share of success and failure this summer. From the rip-roaring Dutch, to the dismal English, we run the rule over the FIVE winners and FIVE losers of the World Cup group stage so far.
NB – we decided to go easy on England. There’s no need to go over old ground too many times.