In the hype around a big tournament, it’s easy to build a narrative that begins and ends with a team’s biggest star. But the players who make or break a squad are often further down the depth chart. Their success or failure will dictate a team’s tournament. These are The Influencers.
The series is exclusive to members of The Equalizer Extra. Start your free trial now and get 40% OFF your first year of annual subscription — this week only — with code “worldcup”.
Date of birth: 4 August 1992
Place of birth: Soweto, South Africa
It is a long shot for South Africa to storm past a group with Germany, China and Spain. But if they are to pull what Cameroon did in 2015 — reach the knockouts in their World Cup debut — then they will need Refiloe Jane to churn exceptional performances.
The entire article is accessible only to members of The Equalizer Extra. Already a member? Awesome! Please sign in below. If not, you can sign up below.
Your accountSign in
/ 1 day ago
Many coaches say that the majority want 26-player rosters for the tournament, just like...
/ 2 days ago
After initially refusing, the NWSL will release players outside FIFA windows through the World...