It has not been a great World Cup for the Premier League talent on display. The English-based players have generally looked tired, off the pace and out of sorts. Here’s six players who have successfully flown the flag for the league.
1. Carlos Tevez
The Manchester City striker has been one of the many jewels in the crown that is Argentina’s attack. He has looked fresher and more eager than many of his fellow Premier League strikers, and underlined this with his stunning second goal against Mexico.
2. Ricardo Carvalho
He and his team-mates might have looked slightly baffled by the prospect of dealing with Spain’s Fernando Llorente, but generally the Chelsea man has marshalled one of the meanest World Cup defences very effectively.
3. Martin Skrtel
Slovakia’s results look pretty poor on paper – the win over Italy aside – but they far exceeded their expectation and Skrtel was pretty classy throughout and a real leader for them at the back.
4. John Paintsil
It could just as easily be fellow Ghana defender, fellow Premier League star and fellow John, Mensah, but Paintsil has looked very solid throughout the tournament. The Fulham man has topped an impressive season with his assured performances in a young Ghana defence.
Someone we didn’t expect to see on the list earlier this season. Robinho seems to have ben rejuvenated by his stint back in Brazil. Will he be returning to the Premier League to prove himself there? Only time will tell. In the meantime he is one of the key players in the World Cup’s most dangerous looking attack.
6. Clint Dempsey
His occasionally lethargic style might not be to everyone’s taste but Dempsey is now an accomplished Premier League performer and has transferred that form to the World Cup. We are not giving him too much kudos for his goal against England, but overall he has looked dangerous in every game he played.