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14 European World Cup Stars With African Roots

All the African teams have been knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup already, but there are a number of high-profile players with African roots who are taking part in the knockout stages.

Click through the gallery above to see 14 European World Cup stars who have African roots.

One of the best performers in the tournament so far has been Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium striker scored four goals in his first two fixtures, before being rested for the Red Devils' 1-0 win over a second-string England side on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was born in Belgium and grew up in Antwerp to Congolese parents. His father, Roger Lukaku, represented the former Zaire at international level, but both his sons, Romelu as well as his brother Jordan, came through the youth ranks of the Belgium national team. Romelu was called up for the squad in Russia and will next face Japan, while Jordan did not make Roberto Martinez's selection for the tournament.

Portugal's William Carvalho has been the rock in A Selecao's midfield so far, and his side will need him at his best when they face Uruguay in the last 16. He was born in Luanda, Angola, but moved to Portugal at a very young age. Carvalho, too, represented his European nation at youth levels, but was approached by the Angolan Football Federation when still playing for the U20s. However, he rejected the chance to represent the African country at senior level, and has since won the UEFA European Championship with Portugal and is again one of the pillars in Fernando Santos' squad that will face Uruguay in the next round.

While Lukaku and Carvalho are not the only players of African descent in their respective sides, France have as many as 14 players with African roots in their squad, and you can read more about France's African connection here: 14 Stars In France's World Cup Squad With African Heritage

Other teams still in the competition, such as England, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, also have players with African blood, and you can find them in our gallery above.

Which teams do you think will make it to the quarter-finals? Have your say in the comments section below.

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