Football: A look at the Pot 4 teams ahead of the World Cup draw

PARIS (AFP) - Pot 4 comprises of nine unseeded European teams, but one will be drawn to move to Pot 2 ahead of the main lottery.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (Manager: Safet Susic)

Just two decades after gaining independence, Bosnia will be the only team in Brazil making their World Cup debut. They finished qualifying ahead of Greece on goal difference, after netting 30 goals in 10 games. They boast a fearsome attack, with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko and Stuttgart's Vedad Ibisevic supported by the creative talents of Zvjezdan Misimovic and Miralem Pjanic.

CROATIA (Manager: Niko Kovac)

Croatia, with their population of just over four million, have regularly punched above their weight in international football, finishing third at France 1998 and twice reaching the last eight at the European Championship. The current squad boasts Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, although the Bayern Munich striker faces a suspension after being sent off in the decisive play-off win against Iceland.

ENGLAND (Manager: Roy Hodgson)

England came through qualifying unbeaten, but rarely have expectations surrounding them been lower going into a major tournament. The 1966 winners have concerns in goal, where first-choice stopper Joe Hart has struggled for form. And recent friendly defeats to Chile and a Germany team missing a host of established stars suggest that Hodgson's side will struggle when it really matters against top-class opposition in Brazil.

FRANCE (Manager: Didier Deschamps)

After coming second behind reigning world champions Spain in their qualifying group, France seemed set to miss out when they lost 2-0 in Ukraine in the first leg of their play-off. But a 3-0 second-leg win booked their place in Brazil. Deschamps must try to develop young talents such as Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba and get the best out of Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema. France will settle for a respectable showing as they build towards Euro 2016, which they will host.

GREECE (Manager: Fernando Santos)

The 2004 European champions were characteristically difficult to break down in qualifying as they beat Romania in a play-off after finishing behind Bosnia-Herzegovina on goal difference in their group. They concede few goals, but they do not score many either and rely on the talents in front of goal of Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou. Greece have not made it past the group stage in two previous World Cup appearances.

ITALY (Manager: Cesare Prandelli)

The Euro 2012 runners-up cruised through qualifying unbeaten and will feature at a 14th consecutive World Cup finals. Prandelli has done a fine job since taking on the team in the wake of their poor showing at the 2010 World Cup, when they failed to make it out of the group stage. Prandelli maintains a strong Juventus influence in his side, with Andrea Pirlo, who will be 35 come June, still the main source of creativity. Italy's chances of equalling Brazil's tally of five World Cup crowns might in large part depend on Prandelli's ability to get the best out of mercurial striker Mario Balotelli.

PORTUGAL (Manager: Paulo Bento)

For the third straight major tournament, Portugal needed a play-off to qualify. Bento's side, inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, beat Sweden over two legs last month to book their spot in Brazil. In Ronaldo, they have arguably the best player in the world, but the squad lacks strength in depth. Will they be the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012, or will they perform more like the team that disappointed in South Africa in 2010?

RUSSIA (Manager: Fabio Capello)

Having qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 by topping their group ahead of Portugal, Capello's side must now try to do what no Russian team has achieved since the break-up of the Soviet Union and reach the knockout stages. Capello has been in negotiations to extend his contract with the Russian team as they build towards the 2018 finals on home soil.

THE NETHERLANDS (Manager: Louis van Gaal)

The beaten finalists in 2010 cruised through qualifying, dropping just two points and scoring 34 goals. That was a relief for van Gaal, who returned for a second spell in charge last year after failing to qualify for the 2002 finals. Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder remain important members of the squad, while others such as Kevin Strootman of Roma emerge.

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