10 World Cup wildcard picks who shocked the world and shone

Toto Schillaci

Some of the below made their international debuts during the World Cup. Others went in as fringe players unsure of their places but came out the other end as bona fide stars.

Two came in from the cold, one returned from a ban and another from retirement. Three lifted the trophy; all reached at least the quarter-finals. Starting with...

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.