Absent XI The best players who wonbe athWorld Cup

เวลาปล่อย:2022-11-22 11:05 ที่มา: ต้นฉบับ เรียกดู:


With the World Cup squads officiallysubmitted, the talent thatll be on display in Qatar has been finalized. So, too, has the collection of players that wont be on show. Be it because of injury, coaching decisions, or a failure to qualify, numerous stars will watch the tournament from home. With that in mind, heres a squad made up entirely of players who, for one reason or another, wont take part in this winters competition.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy) - Didnt qualify:Its been all downhill forDonnarummas international career since he spearheadedItalys triumph at Euro 2020. After being crowned Player of the Tournament, the PSG keeper couldnt save Italy from heartbreak in qualifying. The ex-prodigy will be 27 at the next World Cup.

Ferland Mendy (France) - Not selected:With left-backTheo Hernandezpicked ahead ofMendy, theReal Madridfull-back seems to have fallen short of Didier Deschamps expectations. Its surprising but not totally unexpected for Mendy, whos played just nine times for France since debuting in 2018.

Fikayo Tomori (England) - Not selected:The Milan defender may have been excluded from Gareth SouthgatesEnglandteam due to a pair of dreadful performances againstChelseain the Champions League earlier this season. But that still doesnt explain howHarry Maguirewas picked ahead ofTomori.

David Alaba (Austria) - Didnt qualify:Another failed qualifying bid could spell the end toAlabas hopes of ever playing in a World Cup match. The versatile Real Madrid defenders efforts werent enough to helpAustriain its UEFA playoff semifinal loss to Wales.

Reece James (England) - Injured:England has plenty of depth at right-back that should help offset the loss ofJames. But the Chelsea star will still be sorely missed in Qatar by a squad that he was expected to be a vital part of before he went down with a knee injury in October.

Marco Verratti (Italy) - Didnt qualify:There are a handful of players from Italys failed World Cup qualifying campaign that are worthy of a place on this list.ButVerrattiis perhaps head and shoulders above the rest. The fact that hes only appeared in one World Cup at the age of 30 is a crime.

Paul Pogba (France) - Injured:Despite being nowhere near the same level when he helped France win it all in 2018,Pogbawas very much still in Deschamps plans for Qatar right up until the moment he was officially ruled out due to injury.

Martin Odegaard (Norway) - Didnt qualify: The absence of a player likeOdegaardin Qatar is a big loss for the sport. Hes blossomed under Mikel Arteta on his way to establishing himself as an elite midfielder duringArsenals surprise run at the Premier League title this season.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) - Didnt qualify: The chance to again watchSalahplay at the World Cup in his prime may be over. Seeing as hell turn 34 a week after the 2026 World Cup kicks off, the Liverpool stars best days could, unfortunately, be behind him by then.

Erling Haaland (Norway) - Didnt qualify:Norways failure to qualify for its first World Cup since 1998 robbed fans of a chance to watchHaaland, the record-breakingManchester Citystar, compete on the sports biggest stage. No matter which team you support, thats a huge shame.

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) - Didnt qualify:Serie As hottest scorer wont get a chance to showcase his skills in Qatar, asOsimhen- like a majority of his Italian teammates at Napoli - prepares to watch the World Cup from home. The 23-year-old striker leads Italys top flight with nine goals in 11 games.

To round out our 26-man squad, here are some of the other stars who wont be in Qatar this month. If, for some reason, the starting XI faltered and this team needed a spark off the bench, there are plenty of attacking options:

Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Slovenia), Mike Maignan (France)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Spain), Mats Hummels (Germany), Andy Robertson (Scotland)

Midfielders: Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast), Thiago Alcantara (Spain), NGolo Kante (France), Renato Sanches (Portugal)

Forwards: Diogo Jota (Portugal), Luis Diaz (Colombia), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Federico Chiesa (Italy), Timo Werner (Germany), Roberto Firmino (Brazil)

How far would this team go at the World Cup?

Absent XI: The best players who wont be at the World Cup

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