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The history of players missing the world cup…

Good players missing the world cup is something that we have come to witness every now and again. Experts and fans have discussed what might have happened if the aforementioned players had been able to compete in the world cup. For instance, the majority of people think that had Romario been healthy for the 1998 World Cup, Brazil would have easily won. The feelings are well-founded. In the preceding World Cup in 1994, he had led an apparently lethargic Brazilian squad to victory.

Karim Benzema, a forward for Real Madrid and France, most recently missed France’s victory in 2018 due to issues with management. They did great because they won, but they had to deal with the less prolific Olivier Giroud.

Big name players will also miss this world cup as illustrated below…

Questionable Selections

In order to put together a team that can contend at the world cup, Gareth Southgate had one of the hardest jobs of all the managers. Reece James’ injury a few weeks before the World Cup was undoubtedly detrimental to him. The right back for the Harry Kane-captained team is arguably one of the best in his position in the world. As a result, the coach has had to deal with Ben White, the Arsenal makeshift right back. White has been good this season, but he hasn’t quite reached James’ level of excellence. What will occur remains to be seen. Fikayo Tomori, a former teammate of James’s at Chelsea, is notably absent from the list of people traveling to Qatar. It is somehow harsh for the AC Milan defender who has been in exemplary form for the Rossaneri. He even guided them to the Scuddeto last season. On top of that , Maguire’s inconsistent play this year could hurt the three lions defensively.

Despite having a formidable frontline led by Tottenham star Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham may just be what England needs at some point. There have been questions about the decision to select Callum Wilson of Newcastle over Tammy Abraham of Roma. The former Chelsea player has excelled since joining Mourinho’s team. In light of his performances with Brentford this season, Ivan Toney is another notable omission from the list.

The injury list.

In a piece where we examined the majority of the world cup teams, we came to the conclusion that France’s injury troubles would seriously set them back. There is evidence for that.

Paul Pogba, the flamboyant midfielder, has not adapted well to life at Juventus. Due to injuries, the former Manchester United midfielder is unable to compete in the world cup. Concurrently the midfielder is undergoing a lot  of  personal scandals. Unfortunately, France’s problems don’t end there. Ng’olo Kante, Pogba’s midfield partner for the 2018 victory in Russia, is also out until next season owing to an injury suffered earlier this season. The two-time winners must also address their defensive problems because PSG’s Kimpembe is also out with an injury. The aforementioned were anticipated. Nkunku getting hurt during practice has to be the most detrimental. The Liepzig forward has been on fine form since last season with bigger clubs like Chelsea eyeing for his signature.

Timo Werner, a colleague of Nkunku’s at Liepzig, will also miss the World Cup due to injury. He now joins the list that already includes Marco Reus, who will miss yet another international competition for Germany.

Arthur Melo, a midfielder on loan at Liverpool from Juventus who is a regular at the physio’s desk at Melwood, will be missed in Brazil. Giovani Lo Celso, a former Tottenham midfielder, will also be absent for Argentina, Brazil’s adversary in South America.

Watching from home.

Erling Haaland’s country did not qualify for the world cup. The world’s most inform player, though, deserves special recognition. The Manchester City striker has been nothing short of ridiculous this season, scoring 18 goals in just 13 outings. By his standards, you might anticipate him to be angry about missing out on the biggest game in sports. More so because Kylian Mbappe, his main parallel, will be leading the line for France. Martin Odegaard, a native of Norway and a playmaker for Arsenal, will also be conspicuously absent.

Mo Salah, an Egyptian forward, is yet another player who will be watching the world cup from home. Egypt,  The nation of the Liverpool forward was disqualified from the competition.His former teammate at Liverpool, Sadio Mane, a Senegal player, will be attempting to raise the African flag with his team while he is away.  Despite the fact that it is anticipated to miss the opening match against the Netherlands in the group stage.

By Ansias

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