Here are five Asian World Cup prospects to watch

Young players can make their mark at the FIFA World Cup, not only established stars enhancing their reputations.

World Cup performances have led to Asian players gaining prominence and even moving to Europe.

Akram Afif (Qatar) The 'young' or 'inexperienced' category does not exactly correspond to Akram Afif.

Omid Noorafkan (Iran) Iran has had no shortage of players in recent years that have proven themselves in Europe

Firas Al-Buraikan (Saudi Arabia) The World Cup will be a two-way battle between Saleh Al-Shehri and Firas Al-Buraikan for the striker's role.

Takefusa Kubo (Japan) Takefusa Kubo has perhaps been the most anticipated Asian prospect of the last few years.

Lee Kang-in (South Korea) In Qatar, South Korea's talented playmaker Lee Kang-In might play a more prominent role than Japan's Kubo.