Barely out of his teenage years and only with a handful of caps for USA, DeAndre Yedlin is very much a star in the making and has risen quickly to take his place in Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man squad bound for Brazil. A fast-moving defender known as much for his maturity and calm at such a tender age as for his wild and ever-changing hairstyles, the player had an instant impact with hometown side Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer last term.

He was named an MLS all-star in his debut season, the same year he earned his first cap for USA under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He is most comfortable playing on the right side of defence and his instincts send him zipping forward at every opportunity, not illogical considering he began his career as an out-and-out attacker.

Explosive and exciting though he may be, Yedlin’s lack of experience at international level had many in the US media and fan ranks questioning Klinsmann’s decision to include the Sounders’ burgeoning star. “He’s a huge talent,” said the coach. “It will be interesting to see how he takes to this because, obviously, he doesn’t have the experience like other players have."