LYON, FRANCE - JULY 06: Gareth Bale of Wales and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embrace after the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Portugal and Wales at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ahead of the Fifa 2022 World Cup, we're previewing every nation's player to watch for the tournament.

Here are the 32 players to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

Group A

Qatar – Akram Afif

The host nation and current holders of the Asian Cup have a squad of entirely Qatari Stars League players.

This week he celebrated his 26th birthday and despite his relatively young age, he has notched nearly 100 appearances. Operating predominately as a left-winger, Afif can play anywhere across the forward line, scoring an international goal in nearly 30% of his matches played.

A great dribbler, fast and skilful, he will be a player to watch out for.

Ecuador – Moises Caicedo

Moises Caicedo is one of the EPL's best emerging young talents this season. Filling the boots of sold Malian midfield Yves Bissouma, Caicedo has stepped up into a first-team role under Graham Potter, and now Roberto De Zerbi.

The 21-year-old central midfielder has started all 14 EPL games this season for Brighton and has already made 25 international caps. This season, Caicedo has no errors leading to goals, 43 tackles, and has had 11 shots. Very capable in most areas, his weakness is his discipline, with four yellow cards this season. He will need discipline for success this World Cup.

Senegal – Nicolas Jackson

With an injury to key superstar Sadio Mane, Nicolas Jackson will have to step up for Senegal. The 21-year-old has broken into the first team for last season's Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal.

Although his goalscoring stats do not seem great, they do not tell the whole story. Physically strong and versatile across the forward line, Jackson is a player that could make a huge impact for his country in the absence of Mane.

Netherlands – Cody Gakpo

Cody Gakpo was a player linked with many lucrative deals in the previous transfer window. But the left-winger remains at his boyhood club PSV.

Gakpo has a whopping 30 goal involvements in just 24 appearances this season. Regarded as possibly the world's most in-form player right now, Gakpo has a real chance of lighting up this World Cup.

Group B

England – Ben White

It is speculated that if injured defensive stars Reece James and Ben Chilwell were available, then Ben White may not have been selected for England.

However, he is one of the best defenders in the EPL. Operating at right-back this season under Mikel Arteta, White can also operate as a holding midfielder or centre-back.

The formation England will opt to play will make for a very interesting tournament. It is likely that Gareth Southgate will not pick White if they choose four at the back, as he tends to be loyal rather than pick inform players.

However, if they play five at the back it is likely to see White employed on the right side of a centre-back trio but will miss out on his signature overlapping runs from the right side. England's tactics will be important for going one step further this World Cup.

Iran – Mehdi Taremi

Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi was linked with a move to Manchester United in the last window. But the striker operates in Portugal with Porto.

He has been impressive in Liga Portugal with six goals and five assists but in the Champions League, Taremi has scored five goals in five games along with two assists.

With England strong favourites, second place is seemingly up for grabs. Taremi's finishing and passing ability will be key for Iran's hopes of progressing.

USA – Brenden Aaronson

The Leeds United attacking midfielder has caught the eye this season scoring one goal and registering two assists. The nature of Leeds tactics means players work hard on an off the ball.

Aaron covered 13.2 kilometres recently against Liverpool and has a total of 68 recoveries this season. His work ethic makes him the player to watch and utilising this aspect of his game will be very important for the USA.

Wales – Gareth Bale

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 06: Gareth Bale of Wales and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embrace after the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Portugal and Wales at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

All eyes will be on the man synonymous with the Welsh national team. All the talk is about whether it will be his last ever World Cup. Whether it is or isn't, Bale performs for his nation in big games.

Just recently, Bale equalised for his club team LAFC in the MLS final, scoring late in the game (120+8). In big games, he is the man. This World Cup is his biggest test yet.

Group C

Argentina – Lionel Messi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

No surprises here and another man whose World Cup may be his last. Arguably the best player of all time, his ability is not under question, rather his legacy will be strengthened by an Argentinian win.

With the latest injuries to Nicholas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa, Argentina will look towards their messiah to produce the goods.

Saudi Arabia – Salem Al-Dawsari

The right-winger has scored against Australia before and is regarded as one of Saudi Arabia's best ever talents. With a career spanning over 11 years in the Saudi Pro League, he is a hero to many in his home country.

He is one of the most capped Saudi Arabian footballers of all time and has the experience to be the figurehead for Saudi Arabia. His skill and direct approach when dribbling is his best attributes, perfect for a World Cup where confidence is vital.

Mexico – Alexis Vega

Tracked by Chelsea and Liverpool, Guadalajara winger Alexis Vega has enjoyed a good season so far. With seven current goal involvements this season it's no surprise he is being rumoured with moves to top sides.

His pace and crossing make his style of play very attractive, and in conjunction with speedster Hirving Lozano on his opposite flank, Mexico could produce some upsets playing to their strengths down their wings.

Poland – Piotr Zielinski

Midfielder Piotr Zielinski plays for one of the only teams not to lose a game so far this season. Napoli has crushed Serie A with not a single loss going into the World Cup with Zielinski playing in every league game.

Zielinski has multiple goals and assists in Serie A, and the Champions League. He plays a similar role to Alexis McAllister at Brighton. Being more of an attacking style midfielder, whilst being able to sit deeper and dictate the midfield.

He has featured in both those positions as Poland shift their formation around playing predominately with three centre backs, changing where their midfielders sit.

Group D

France – William Saliba

The breakout star won Best Young player last season in Ligue 1 and has been arguably the EPL's best defender this season.

With key midfield injuries to Kante, Pogba and Nkunku he is more likely to have to defend more than usual. Despite France being champions they have their work cut out.

Saliba has kept 6 clean sheets, has 55% tackle success, has made 38 clearances, made 120 recoveries and has played 36 accurate long balls this season. France has an emerging star on their hands that could lead them to back-to-back World Cup wins.

Australia – Garang Kuol

He is the kid on everyone's lips. 18-year-old Kuol is one of Australia's most exciting prospects ever. With a recent move to third-placed EPL side Newcastle United, many have tipped him for stardom.

His incredible dribbling, pace, passing and game-reading makes him an exceptional talent. He is Australia's x-factor this World Cup and the possibility of reaching the Round of 16 qualifications will somewhat rest on his shoulders.

Denmark – Jesper Lindstrom

One of the most popular underdogs of this World Cup. The world's tenth-ranked side, Denmark, have a real shot of topping the group after recently defeating the world champions France.

A player who featured off the bench in that win was Jesper Lindstrom. The attacking midfielder plays for German side Frankfurt and has scored six goals this season. Lindstrom has taken 34 shots with 14 hitting the target, completed ten crosses and has clocked a sprint speed of nearly 36 kilometres an hour.

He may or may not be a starter for his country, but regardless he will play a potentially massive part of their underdog story this World Cup.

Tunisia – Wahbi Khazri

18 Tunisian players have had 20 international caps or more. They may not have the strongest line-up but don't lack international experience.

Khazri was a standout in a solid 2018 World Cup campaign. Scoring goals against Belgium and in a win over Panama, Khazri will be the attacking focal point. Tunisia plays positive football trying to maintain possession. Their success will rely on how clinical they are in the front third.

Group E

Spain – Pablo Sarabia

An underrated wildcard-style player, Pablo Sarabia of PSG has scored two in his last five international appearances.

Predominately operating from the right side, Sarabia cuts inside and has incredible shot power and great pass/cross selection. He may come from the bench, or he may start. His high-quality technique of fundamental skills in football makes him a great player to watch and is likely to be a key player for Spain.

Costa Rica – Bryan Ruiz

Costa Rican and Fulham cult hero Bryan Ruiz has made well over 100 appearances for his nation and was a part of their incredible 2014 World Cup run. Seeing his penalty saved as they lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

His experiences of going through periods of success and failure is a ‘money can't buy you' type of experience for a player. His leadership is something Costa Rica will rely on as they look to replicate that famous World Cup run.

Germany – David Raum

There are so many players to look out for from this German side with youngsters Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamal Musiala, the feel-good stories of Niclas Fullkrug and Mario Gotze and the underrated players Jonas Hofmann and David Raum.

The player to watch though is David Raum. The left-back has both attacking and defensive qualities, with 96 tackles won this season and 41 crosses completed. However, it is his crossing that is a threat. Although only having one assist so far this season to his name, his high-quality delivery of crosses makes him a player that could definitely top the tournament in assists.

Japan – Kaoru Mitoma

A player who came from the bench to score two goals to beat Australia, Kaoru Mitoma has been in great form recently. His silky through balls and dribbling ability makes him stand out the most.

Mitoma has registered 67% shooting accuracy, creating three big chances in nine appearances. His good form should translate across for the World Cup making him an exciting talent to watch.

Group F

Belgium – Youri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans has scored some absolute screamers this season for Leicester City, and screamers makes World Cups so entertaining.

The 25-year-old central midfielder has hit the woodwork twice this season, with nine of his 16 shots being on target. He plays over 54 passes per match with 38 accurate long balls completed. His variety of passes and shooting ability from long range will make him an exciting player to watch in Belgium's ‘golden generation' team.

Canada – Alphonso Davies

Bayern left-back Alphonso Davies plays in a more advanced role for Canada. However, he will cover up and down the left side. With a Bundesliga record sprint speed of over 36 kilometres per hour, Davies elite pace will make for a fascinating watch.

Winning 127 tackles this season for Bayern, his defensive recoveries and dribbling the ball in transition will be a key tactical portion of how Canada will play.

Morocco – Nayef Aguerd

West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd will be an intriguing player to watch for Morocco. Recently returning from an ankle injury, Aguerd does not have the game minutes of other players.

However, he is a player who is very similar to Arsenal and France's William Saliba. Aguerd is very capable on the ball and can play long passes well, he is a threat off set pieces and has scored a number of headed goals in his career, and he is very physical.

With only one EPL appearance this season it is hard to say how he will fair, but played six accurate long balls, meaning he can turn defence to attack in a blink of an eye. Definitely a player worth keeping an eye on.

Croatia – Ivan Perisic

Last World Cups underdog story, Croatia is looking to put together another legendary World Cup run.

The only other player in the squad with more international appearances is Luka Modric. Ivan Perisic is in bad form this season, but was an inspiration last World Cup, becoming the first Croatian to score in the final.

If Croatia want to progress far in this tournament, the presence of Perisic will go a long way as he can pose a threat with both his left and right foot, making him unpredictable on the ball. 

Group G

Brazil – Richarlison

A much-criticised inclusion of the tournament favourites is forward Richarlison. The exclusion of inform Roberto Firmino for out of form Richarlison may seem unfair but club form isn't everything.

Richarlison in fact has scored seven goals in his last six appearances for his country. So, it actually isn't much of a surprise he was included. His versatility in the front line and his confidence taking defenders on may be a masterstroke from coach Tite.

Serbia – Aleksandar Mitrovic

Alexandar Mitrovic is in great form, scoring nine EPL goals for Fulham, three of which came from headers. His physical assets make him such a threat this World Cup, including on defensive set pieces, as he has blocked 11 shots and made seven headed clearances.

Get the ball into Mitrovic is bound to be a good tactic for the Serbian team as they are presented with a genuine opportunity of progressing to the knockouts.

Switzerland – Granit Xhaka

Once an Arsenal outcast with a poor attitude, now a leader reborn and a goalscoring threat. A further forward midfield role for Granit Xhaka has unlocked almost a new player.

With six goal involvements this season Xhaka has added to his defensive ability which has seen him chart a 90% tackle success, seven interceptions, 43 won duels and no errors leading to goals. His ability and leadership will prove a huge factor for Switzerland.

Cameroon – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

A sudden rise of form for the Cameroonian striker times perfectly for the start of the World Cup. His career going from Stoke City to Bayern Munich is an interesting one and he will lead the line most likely in a two-man strike force with several good attacking options in Vincent Aboubakar, Karl Toko Ekambi, Bryan Mbeumo and Christian Bassogog.

Forming a solid attacking duo will be important for Cameroon in their attempt to qualify for the Knockouts.

Group H

Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (c) lifts the Henri Delaunay trophy after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Probably the most talked about player in world football is Ronaldo after his shock interview with Piers Morgan revealing his true feelings towards Manchester United.

However, the potential for a last hurrah for Messi and Ronaldo would make for the best World Cup story ever. If Argentina plays Portugal in the final, there would not be too much argument if it was labelled the best World Cup match of all time.

So, all eyes are on CR7 for what's likely his last World Cup.

Ghana – Thomas Partey

The Ghana v Uruguay matchup could be the game of the tournament after the controversial 2010 game where Luis Suarez handballed to stop Ghana from scoring.

For that reason, many neutrals will be cheering for Ghana and their star midfielder Thomas Partey. Partey has played 40 times for Ghana and is one of the most experienced in a team with not many collective caps, with 18 squad members with ten caps or less.

His first-time strikes, tackling ability and comfort on the ball will be huge for Ghana if they want revenge on their arch-rivals Uruguay.

Uruguay – Federico Valverde

The Real Madrid midfielder has been one of the most in-form players this season. With a La Liga passing accuracy of 89.5%, Valverde has transformed and exploded into one of football's brightest stars.

Where Uruguay plays him will be interesting. Sitting in a deeper role being able to utilise his passing, has generated three goals and one assist, while playing further forward on the right has meant more shooting opportunities, resulting in five goals and two assists.

It is likely he will sit deeper, but Uruguay often alters their formation which could mean Valverde is employed further forward when they need him.

South Korea – Kim Min-jae

Kim Min-jae won Serie A player of the month in his first month of playing for Napoli. He has been a breakout star for Napoli, recording five clean sheets this season.

South Korea shocked Germany with compact defending at the last World Cup utilising the counterattack to great effect. Having that same compactness in defence will be off the back of their star centre-back Kim Min-jae.