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Squads announced for New Zealand 2015

A view inside the dressing room of Uruguay prior to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Semi Final match between Iraq v Uruguay at Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium on July 10, 2013 in Trabzon, Turkey.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Gett
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With the big kick-off now just nine days away, another FIFA U-20 World Cup milestone has been reached with the confirmation of final squads.

A total of 504 players have been selected by the 24 teams to follow in the footsteps of Maradona, Messi and countless other global stars who have showcased their potential at this tournament. All eyes will now turn to New Zealand to discover which of the class of 2015 can step into these legendary shoes, and there are undoubtedly plenty of players well capable of dazzling.

South America has produced some of the competition's most famous graduates over the years and this year could continue that pattern, with Uruguayan youngster Rodrigo Amaral and the Colombian duo of Jeison Lucumi and Andres Tello having shone during the continental qualifiers. Brazil's squad, meanwhile, boasts the highly rated Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, while much attention will centre on the hugely impressive Argentinian pair of Angel Correa and Giovanni Simeone.

Germany will also be a force to be reckoned with, and while star striker Davie Selke misses out , the talents of Marc Stendera and Julian Brandt will ensure that the European champions' attack remains potent. Nigeria, meanwhile, will be calling on several members of the U-17 team that conquered the world in 2013, with forward Taiwo Awoniyi among the youngsters worth watching.

The same could be said for flair players elsewhere, with Mexico's Hirving Lozano, Clifford Aboagye of Ghana and Portuguese starlet Andre Silva all capable of both scoring and supplying goals. Nor should we forget those at the other end, with Bogdan Sarnavskyi of Ukraine and USA's Zack Steffen among several promising keepers heading Down Under. As for the hosts themselves, they are able to call upon six players with senior international experience and will be captained by the Marseille midfielder Bill Tuiloma.

The New Zealand skipper is one of just seven players at the 2015 edition who have previously played at a U-20 World Cup. Yet despite this kind of experience, the Kiwis' squad is one of the competition's youngest, though Nigeria top this particular table with an average age of 18 years and nine months. The oldest, meanwhile, are provided by the European duo of Germany and Ukraine.

Check out the U-20 World Cup section for a full list of the players selected as well as all the latest news and videos from New Zealand 2015.

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