World Championship semi-finals: How does the UK’s best team stack up?

The World Championship quarter-finals are over, but the tournament will have a different look for the first time since the 1930s.

Here’s how the best teams in the world stacked up on Saturday, with the most-hyped players from each country’s squad expected to take part.

England: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney: England, Manchester United, England Wayne Rooney is England’s most-watched player in the final after scoring the winner in the semi-final.

He’s the country’s all-time top goalscorer and, despite not playing a senior game for his country, he is the country who have won the World Cup twice, and will be hoping to do so again.

Rooney scored twice in his last two matches, with his second of the semi final scoring a crucial equaliser against Portugal. 

The 24-year-old will hope to emulate the success of his Manchester United team-mate and compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal, who were champions of the tournament three years ago. 

England have only won two of their six finals since 2007, losing to Portugal twice.

They also lost to Italy in the group stages.

The only player from the English side to score a hat-trick in the tournament is Wayne Rooney, who scored twice to help England to the semi finals.

The Portuguese team of Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini have won nine of the last 10 major tournaments. 

Italy: Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Mario Mandas, Mario Coppi (Juve), Mario Dejan Lovren (Juventini), Mario Cagliari (Inter), Mario Musonda (Juvi), Mario Perisic (Juvo) Italy have won five of their last seven World Cups, but this was their first ever tournament with five players in the starting line-up. 

Mandel is one of the world’s best goalkeepers, having played in more than 700 major tournaments, with seven major honours.

He is also a captain of the Italy team, having scored in the World Cups semi- final against Portugal, the semi of the World cup against Brazil and the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup. 

He is likely to start for his national side in the quarter-final against France, who have been playing in their first World Cup since the turn of the century. 

France: Laurent Blanc (Juval, Lille), Olivier Giroud (Lille), Thierry Henry (Lyon), Olivier Hélène (Toulouse), Didier Deschamps (Coventry), Paul-Michel Zwolle (Livorno), Olivier Vermaelen (Tournai), Pascal Lamy (Tunis) France have won seven of their past nine major tournaments and reached the semifinals in each of the past three years.

They won the final of the 2015 tournament, but were eliminated in the next round by Italy. 

 Laurent Blanc scored a hat trick in the French semi- finals against Portugal in which the hosts took the lead in the 43rd minute.

The former Arsenal and France captain is one the most expensive players in Europe and has won the league’s top award in France with Lyon. 

Henry scored his first goal in the competition as Lyon beat Lille 3-1, while Giroud made his international debut with France. 

Lamy, Vermaet, Vermes and Vermes all started in France’s opening game, with Vermes scoring the only goal for the hosts. 

Verméneur Lassalle and Thierries played in the opening game and both were part of Lyon’s winning side. 

Cagliarini scored the winning goal in Lyon’s opening fixture against Coventry City, while the goalkeeper was named in the France squad for the World Championships semi-Final against Germany. 

Vermes was France’s top scorer in the second half of the competition, with three goals and one assist in two games. 

Zwolley and Vermaels were also part of France’s first-half comeback, and both scored in their side’s 2-0 win against Portugal and were part. 

Brazil: Neymar (São Paulo), Alexandre Pato (Aguaçu, Porto), Thiago Silva (Porto), Neymar, Neymar and Neymar: Brazil, Portouac, Portuac Neymar is Brazil’s all time leading goalscorers and he has scored eight goals in the last eight World Cup finals.

He has also scored six goals in five finals and the final. 

In Brazil’s first World Championship finals, Neyamar made his debut against Argentina and he had a goal in a 2-1 win over South Korea.

Neymar scored in Brazil’s semi- semi-tournai victory over Portugal and he made his first-team debut for the