World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group E - Switzerland; Ecuador; France; Honduras

The lowdown on all of the teams in Group E

Fixtures (times BST):

June 15 Brasilia, 1700: Switzerland v Ecuador

June 15 Porto Alegre, 2000: France v Honduras

June 20 Salvador, 2000: Switzerland v France

June 20 Curitiba, 2300: Honduras v Ecuador

June 25 Manaus, 2100: Honduras v Switzerland

June 25 Rio de Janeiro, 2100: Ecuador v France

Switzerland

How they qualified

Uefa Group E Winners, ahead of Iceland.

Key player

Gokhan Inler (Napoli) The destructive Inler will be key in providing Switzerland with resilience in midfield.

Dangerman

Xherdan Shaqiri  (Bayern Munich) – Yet another talented prodigy to be playing under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

World Cup best

Quarter-finalists three times, but not since 1954.

Premier League interest

Fulham’s Philippe Senderos and Pajtim Kasami. Plus Johan Djourou, on loan on at Hamburger SV from Arsenal.

Most expensive

Inler – £12m, from Udinese to Napoli, 2011

 

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Ecuador

How they qualified

Finished fourth in Conmebol, behind Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Key player

Edison Mendez (LDU Quito)- The quick midfielder is a set-piece specialist.

Dangerman

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)- The powerful and direct play of Valencia will be a threat to any opposition next year in Brazil.

World Cup best

2006 – Round of 16.

Premier League interest

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Most expensive

Antonio Valencia - £16m from Wigan to Manchester United, 2009

 

France

How they qualified

Beat Ukraine in the play-off.

World Cup best

Winners (1998)

Key player

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)- Ribery played a key role in helping Bayern Munich lift the Champions League trophy in May. His performances this calendar year have left him in contention for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, making him a huge threat heading into Brazil.

Dangerman

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)- Benzema will be hoping to spearhead this rejuvenated France side as they head into the competition as one of the dark horses.

Premier League interest

Currently 31 French players in the division.

Most expensive

Zinedine Zidane, £54m, Juventus to Real Madrid, 2001

 

Honduras

How they qualified

Finished third in Concacaf, behind US and Costa Rica.

Key player

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City)- The defensive capabilities of Palacios will be a huge attribute for Honduras in Brazil next year.

Dangerman

Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution) Bengtson will be the main goal threat for Honduras after scoring 18 goals in 38 games for his country.

World Cup best

Group stage – 1982 & 2010.

Premier League interest

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Roger Espinoza (played with Wigan in the Premier League).

Most expensive

Wilson Palacios, £12m Wigan to Tottenham, 2009

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