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Which national team will be the surprise package of 2017?

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Which country will stand out in 2017? BeSoccer

Which national team will be the surprise package of 2017?

Liam Hanna by Liam Hanna @LiamPHanna - 0 889

Today at BeSoccer, we're asking you which of these countries will finally go one step further and shine in 2017.

Big things are expected of England this year. The Three Lions had a poor Euro 2016, getting knocked out my minnows Iceland in the last-16 of the competition. However, England still have some top quality players and upcoming young talents such as Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, meaning the future looks bright for Southgate's side.

Myanmar have never reached the finals of a major tournament, but football is growing in the country. The country is behind most of the world in terms of its development and only played their first World Cup qualifier in 2007. Given that many may not be familiar with a number of their players, they could suprise a few in 2017.

Nigeria has always been a strong footballing nation, producing footballing legends such as Jay Jay Okocha. The current team has a good mix of experience with the likes of John Obi Mikel and younger prospects such as Alex Iwobi. On their day, Nigeria can be a match for anyone.

Ghana have enjoyed relative success in the past few years, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup and were runners-up at the African Cup of nations in 2015. Ghana have a number of exciting attacking players such as the Ayew brothers and the experienced Asamoah Gyan, meaning they could surprise a few teams this year.

Football, or 'soccer' has never been the top sport in the United States but that doesn't stop them having a strong side. They have one of the brightest prospects in German football in Christian Pulisic and have experienced consistent performers such as Clint Demsey. On top of this, the MLS is growing meaning that the standard of players coming through will improve.

Finally, South Africa were relatively unknown until they hosted the 2010 World Cup. The national side has a number of players plying their trade in Europe such as Thulani Serero and May Mahlangu. The team has struggled on and off the field of late but could 2017 be their year?

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