Sadly only 23 players can make it to each country’s World Cup squad so there are some big names who have been left behind. Here is the best snubbed World Cup XI!
Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez (Spain) – He was Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper in La Liga but he only won one cap for Spain back in 2009. The second one won’t be in Brazil.
Defender: Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain) – He was part of Spain’s squad in the last three major tournaments but he hasn’t played for Spain since last October. He paid a big price for his poor season at Real Madrid.
Defender: Rio Ferdinand (England) – The Manchester United centre-back wasn’t part of the England squad at their last qualifiers and discussed his long-term injury problems with Roy Hodgson. He probably won’t play for England any more.
Defender: Domenico Criscito (Italy) – He was shocked by by the decision to be left out from Italy squad. The Zenit defender was part of Marcello Lippi’s 2010 World Cup squad, then he withdrew from the Euro 2012 squad because of match fixing allegations.
Defender: Ashley Cole (England) – With Everton’s Leighton Baines being set to start for England at left back and with Southampton teenager Luke Shaw playing in the squad, Ashley Cole had no place. The Chelsea defender is set to leave his club this summer anyway.
Midfielder: Samir Nasri (France) – Didier Deschamps said that he hadn’t wanted to make the same mistake as Laurent Blanc so he hadn’t called Samir Nasri. The midfielder had a brilliant season with Manchester City and looked relaxed about his World Cup absence.
Midfielder: Lucas Moura (Brazil) – He was regarded as one of the biggest talents in Brazil but he failed to make it to the World Cup. His form at PSG wasn’t as good as expected but he may be able to provide something different from the bench.
Midfielder: Isco (Spain) – One of the brightest talents in Spain, Isco, proved his worth at Real Madrid this season. He made his senior debut last year in the Spanish national team but he has to wait for his first big tournament.
Forward: Carlos Tevez (Argentina) – Local media reported that Carlos Tevez had told the Argentine FA not to recall him to the national team because he had booked tickets to Disney Land with his family. They understood his decision and Franco di Santo was picked instead. Anyway, Tevez scored 18 goals this season in the title-winning Juventus side.
Forward: Mario Gomez (Germany) – Joachim Low was often criticised for not having strikers in the German squad. Mario Gomez was one of the most feared attackers but after he had left Bayern Munich he struggled with injuries at Fiorentina and remained behind Miroslav Klose in the packing order.
Forward: Landon Donovan (USA) – One of the biggest surprises was that Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Landon Donovan from the World Cup provisional squad. He is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer. Is there a new generation on the way?