World Cup Watch: Defenders

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The start of the World Cup is now nearly upon us and over the last few weeks The Independent has been running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

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From free-kick takers to WAGs, blasts from the past to the youngsters, we'll got it all covered before things kick-off in Johannesburg.

Here, we bring you the dark art of defending and pick out the players to watch.