The son of Slovakia’s coach, Weiss is the third generation of his family to win international honours. His father, also called Vladimir, was in the Czechoslovakia squad at the 1990 World Cup, while his grandfather played for the Czechs in the 1960s.
Pacey and direct but still inexperienced at senior level, he is likely to play on the right wing in South Africa.
Eyebrows were raised when he made his Slovakian debut against Iceland in August - though a player of obvious promise, he had just 20 minutes of Premier League experience under his belt. However, he gradually won over the doubters, impressing in the crucial win away to Northern Ireland in September.
Despite scoring the winner away to Barcelona in a pre-season friendly, Weiss was given few opportunities at Manchester City in the first half of the season. He made four appearances, scoring in the league cup win against Arsenal, but did not feature in the Premier League. The youngster was loaned to Bolton in January and made 13 top-flight appearances, though only three were starts.
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