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World Cup Plan B: What if Lionel Messi is injured for Argentina? Just call on Carlos Tevez...
Published : 01 Apr 2010 01:03:15
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) Defoe or Bent? A striking lack of alternatives for Capello and EnglandRooney must not rush back from injury, says former Liverpool physioWayne Rooney 'out for two-four weeks with sprained ankle' as Manchester United star is tipped to make World CupRooney joins Capello's casualty list - our guide to England's missing men