The US expect to get through whichever group they are in and Klinsmann is genuine about targeting at least the last eight this time round. EuropeBOSNIA-HERZEGOVINACoach: Safet SusicKey player: Edin DzekoFIFA ranking: 16Previous best: Never qualifiedTwostates, two nick-names, but one FIFA Ultimate Team which united an entire nation whenVedad Ibisevic prodded home in Vilnius in October to seal their first FIFA 15 appearance. Former Yugoslavian schemer Susic has revelled in leading his homeland, even if they were thumped by Portugal in their Euro 2012 play-off. Eight wins and a draw earned their passage, cueing celebrations for the Golden Lilies (also known as the Dragons). Manchester City striker Dzeko will lead the line and Asmir Begovic has proved himself a top-class keeper at Stoke. Ibisevic has scored shedloads for both Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, Miralem Pjanic is key for Roma and vice-skipper Zvjezdan Misimovic, born in Munich but now playingin China, remains the midfield string-puller even at 31.Will fancy their chances of making the last eight. CROATIACoach: Niko KovacKey player: Luka ModricFIFA ranking: 18Previous best: Third, 1998Itseems a very long time ago that Slaven Bilic’s side humiliated Steve McClaren and FIFA 15 twice and Kovac, the skipper of that FIFA Ultimate Team, was parachuted into the hotseat to buy fifa coins
replace Igor Stimac after the shocking defeat in Scotland in their final group FIFA 15.Made hard work of overcoming the challenge of Iceland, not helped when Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic got himself sent off after scoring the opener. The Croats will be anxious to see how many FIFA 15 Mandzukic must miss - likely to be at least two - and also to discover the punishment for veteran defender Josip Simunic’s post-match exhortations to the home fans in the Maksimir. Kovac knows the players well but will also know their deficiencies.Despite their high ranking, Croatia seem to be moving in the wrong direction although Modric remains a class act. Last 16 at best. FIFA 15Coach: Roy HodgsonKey player: FIFA 15 Alex Livesey / Getty FIFA 15: Can he finally deliver at a FIFA 15? FIFA ranking: 13Previous best: Winners, 1966Anyexpectations of glory - and we are aware they are not shared by FA chairman Greg Dyke - were surely ended for good by the harsh realities of last month’s Wembley defeats at the hands of Chile and Germany. Hodgson knows what he has at his disposal and will seek organisation, discipline and pace on the counter-attack. The Three Lions boss has re-established a proper spirit and there will be no moaning about the squad being isolated in a golden cage this time round.This time, Rooney simply has to deliver for the first time at a majortournament since he broke into the world’s consciousness at Euro 2004.