World Cup Plan B: What if Lionel Messi is injured for Argentina? Just call on Carlos Tevez...

01 April 2010 01:03
Tuesday night was a reminder for England that in doomsday scenario where Wayne Rooney misses the World Cup, Fabio Capello's next most in-form striker would be Darren Bent.

Their rivals have considerably more class at their disposal.

ARGENTINAStar man: Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Replacements: Carlos Tevez (Man City), Diego Milito (Inter), Gonzalo Higuain(Real Madrid), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid).

Plan B: Carlos Tevez (R) is more than competent enough to replace Lionel Messi

BRAZILStar man: Kaka (Real Madrid).

Replacements: Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Pato (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (AC Milan).

Back-up: Luis Fabiano (R) could shoulder the burden for Brazil if Kaka misses out

GERMANY Star man: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich). 

Replacements: Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Lukas Podolski (Cologne).

Klose call: If Mario Gomez (L) is struggling, Klose is proven at international level

HOLLANDStar man: Robin van Persie (Arsenal). 

Replacements: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Klass-Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool).

Double Dutch: Arjen Robben can shine for Holland with or without Van Persie (L)

FRANCEStar man: Thierry Henry (Barcelona).

Replacements: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

French fancies: Franck Ribery would claim star man status if Henry (L) is absent

PORTUGAL Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Replacements: Nani (Man Utd), Liedson (Sporting Lisbon), Simao (Atletico Madrid).

On a wing and prayer: Nani (R) has shown at Man United he can replace Ronaldo

SPAIN Star man: Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

Replacements: David Villa (Valencia), Dani Guiza (Fenerbache), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla).

Going solo: Torres and Villa are formidable together for Spain, but the latter could survive going solo if the Liverpool striker fails to make the World Cup

ITALY Star man: Luca Toni (Roma).

Replacements: Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese).

Top of the world: World champions Italy have two stars in Toni and Gilardino (R)

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Source: Daily_Mail