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  • The World Cup is drawing ever closer, and we're sure you can't wait to watch your favorite players and cheer on your country on the biggest stage of world football.

  • But while you're anticipating watching yet another World Cup tournament, some superstar players are anticipating playing in their very first World Cup.

  • You actually might be a little surprised by the caliber of players who will be playing a World Cup game for the first time in Qatar.

  • Of course, these names are still subject to unforeseen circumstances like injuries.

  • But here are 20 superstars who will be making World Cup debuts this year.

  • Number 1, Virgil van Dijk

  • He's 31 and easily one of the best center-backs in the world, but Virgil has never played a World Cup match.

  • In fact, he's never featured in a major international tournament.

  • Crazy, right?

  • He made his debut for the Netherlands in 2015, but was not able to help them qualify for Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup.

  • The Flying Dutchmen, however, qualified for Euro 2020, but he was still recovering from his long-term injury, so he didn't join the team.

  • If nothing happens between now and November, the Liverpool defender will be captaining his national team to his first-ever major tournament.

  • Will he be able to win it in his first attempt?

  • We'll have to wait to find out.

  • Having won the Premier League and the Champions League, van Dijk is one of the most successful players in their 30s who'll be making their World Cup debuts this year.

  • But there is one even more successful player on our list today.

  • Can you guess who it is?

  • Take a stab at it; you'll find the answer later in the video.

  • 2, Darwin Nunez

  • The 2022 World Cup will also be the first major tournament for Darwin Nunez.

  • The 23-year-old just burst into the major leagues not long ago, making his debut for Uruguay in 2019.

  • But he missed out on the Copa America 2021 because of a knee injury.

  • If he stays fit, he'll surely make his World Cup debut in Qatar.

  • 3, Alphonso Davies

  • We're pretty sure Alphonso Davies didn't dream of making his World Cup debut until 2026, when his country will be playing host.

  • Before this year, Canada had only ever qualified for the World Cup once, and that was in 1986.

  • But the North American country shocked the world by making it to the 2022 tournament in Qatar,

  • and you just know that Davies will be the first name on their squad list.

  • Number 4, Christian Pulisic

  • The USMNT will be going to the World Cup for the first time since 2014, and they'll be going with a new captain, Christian Pulisic.

  • The 24-year-old Chelsea winger will be making his World Cup debut in Qatar,

  • and the entire country will have their eyes on Captain America throughout the tournament.

  • Number 5, Mason Mount

  • Mount, just like his teammate, Pulisic, will be making his World Cup debut in Qatar.

  • England have a truckload of talent in every area of the pitch,

  • but he looks like he's a staple in Southgate's team, and you expect that he'll be in that final shortlist going to Qatar in November.

  • Number 6, Jack Grealish

  • You also expect Southgate to include British football's record signing, Jack Grealish, in the squad going to Qatar to represent England.

  • If he does, it'd be the 27-year-old's first-ever World Cup outing.

  • Number 7, Reece James and other English Youngsters

  • To be honest, quite a number of the England squad will be going to the World Cup for the first time this year.

  • Reece James, who is almost certain to be in England's starting 11, is one of those players.

  • A few more English players who might be making World Cup debuts this year are Declan Rice, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Ben Chilwell, and a couple others.

  • Number 8, Kai Havertz

  • The man who scored the goal that won Chelsea the Champions League in 2021 is sure to make his first-ever World Cup appearance in Qatar this November,

  • and we will all be looking out for him.

  • Number 9, Leroy Sane

  • You also expect Sane to feature for Germany in Qatar,

  • but, surprisingly, it will be his first-ever World Cup tournament, despite having been a superstar for about 5 years now.

  • He made his international debut in 2015, but he was dropped from the final 2018 World Cup squad for Julian Brandt.

  • This time around, though, we're pretty certain Sane will be getting in well ahead of Brandt.

  • Number 10, Frenkie de Jong

  • Frenkie de Jong made his international debut in 2018,

  • but seeing as the Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup that year,

  • in Qatar is where the Barcelona midfielder will be making his first-ever World Cup appearance.

  • Number 11, Matthijs de Ligt

  • Here's another Dutchman who'll be making his World Cup debut this year.

  • You expect the former Ajax captain to be one of the first names in defense for Louis van Gaal.

  • Number 12, Dayot Upamecano

  • The 23-year-old will almost certainly be making his World Cup debut with France in Qatar.

  • 13, Aymeric Laporte

  • Laporte is 28 years old, and this year will be his first time playing a World Cup game.

  • He's been playing senior team football for a decade now, but was always snubbed by France.

  • So, last year, he switched allegiance to Spain and immediately got a call-up.

  • He helped the team reach the semi final of the Euros in 2021,

  • so you'd expect that he'll be selected to go to the World Cup in November.

  • Number 14, Alvaro Morata

  • Morata was left out of Spain's World Cup squad in 2018 amidst his struggles with Chelsea back then.

  • But he has since redefined himself, helping Spain go all the way to the semi finals of Euro 2020,

  • and becoming the country's all-time Euros top scorer in the process.

  • With his recent form, especially with the national team, we're pretty sure he won't be left out of the squad going to Qatar in November.

  • Number 15, Edouard Mendy

  • Mendy made his debut for Senegal in November 2018, so he slightly missed out on a call-up to Russia.

  • But considering his rise since he joined Chelsea in 2020,

  • you can bet that if he's fit, he'll not only go for his first-ever World Cup this year, he'll probably even play every single game for Senegal.

  • Number 16, Dusan Vlahovic

  • Vlahovic's breakthrough season was the 20/21 season, and he has been on the up ever since.

  • He's almost certain to partner with Mitrovic up front for Serbia in Qatar.

  • Number 17, Federico Valverde

  • The La Liga Player of the Month for September is yet another player who'll be making his World Cup debut this year.

  • The 24-year-old is a superstar already, and you expect that he'll be very important for Uruguay in his first World Cup tournament.

  • Number 18, Vini Jr.

  • Vini's move to Madrid in 2018 was not enough to earn him a call-up to Russia,

  • but considering how much he has improved since then, particularly in the 21/22 season,

  • he will most definitely be representing the most successful national team at the World Cup in Qatar.

  • Number 19, Pedri and other Barcelona Youngsters

  • Pedri, Gavi, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, and perhaps Ansu Fati will all be expected to make their World Cup debuts for Spain in Qatar.

  • Number 20, Gareth Bale

  • You knew we were going to end with a bang.

  • Remember we asked you to guess a player in his 30s more successful than van Dijk who will be playing in the World Cup for the first time this year?

  • Yes, that player is Gareth Bale.

  • He's a 1-time Premier League Player of the Season, 2-time PFA Players' Player of the Year, 3-time La Liga winner, and 5-time UEFA Champions League winner,

  • but this will be his first time ever playing in a World Cup, and he was instrumental in making it all happen.

  • It was his goal from a free kick against Ukraine in the playoffs that secured a place in the 2022 World Cup for Wales.

  • He'll now be expected to captain the first Wales national team to qualify for the World Cup since 1958.

  • Such an incredible featone that even Ryan Giggs could never achieve.

  • Of these players who'll be making debuts in Qatar, who are your eyes on?

  • Who do you expect will make the biggest statement?

  • Let us know in the comments.

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The World Cup is drawing ever closer, and we're sure you can't wait to watch your favorite players and cheer on your country on the biggest stage of world football.

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