World Cup exile XI

2014-05-15 16:00
Samir Nasri (AFP)
Cape Town - Selection for a World Cup is considered one of the highest individual honours not just in football, but across sport.

But with the Soccer World Cup just under a month away, there have been some surprise exclusions. HITC Sport reflects on the best eleven who failed to make the cut for their countries in Brazil this summer.

Diego Lopez (Spain)

Real Madrid’s number one keeper for La Liga games over the last season or so is overlooked by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque.

Lopez’s Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas is likely to Captain the team, while Napoli’s Pepe Reina and Manchester United’s David De Gea fill the remaining goalkeeper slots.

Eric Abidal (France)

As just one of Didier Deschamps high-profile droppings from the France squad, Eric Abidal did not make the cut to add to his 67 international caps.

The Monaco captain played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for his country, but has been left out this time around.

John Terry (England)

Having retired from international duty last year, Chelsea captain John Terry has proven he is still more than capable of holding the fort at the top level.

Terry has just earned himself a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, but failed to change Roy Hodgson’s mind regarding a recall.

Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina)

Coloccini featured in the 2006 World Cup for Argentina, and has won silverware with the nation at the 2004 Olympic games.

The Newcastle defender featured in their game over Paraguay last year, which sealed Argentina’s qualification for the tournament.

Manager Alejandro Sabella has overlooked Coloccini for the finals.

Gael Clichy (France)

In Didier Deschamps second most surprising axing from the French squad, Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy does not make the cut.

Capped 20 times by France during his career, Clichy looks to have missed out at the expense of Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.

Kaka (Brazil)

The key to Brazil’s creativity for so many years, Kaka did not even make the hosts preliminary squad.

The AC Milan man has appeared 87 times for his country, and was bidding to make it to a fourth World Cup with Brazil, after featuring in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 finals.

Samir Nasri (France)

English Premiership title winner Samir Nasri is the biggest omission from Didier Deschamps France squad.

Having missed out in France’s disastrous 2010 World Cup, Nasri went on to be selected for the European Championships in 2012, scoring in a group match against England.

But his 11 goals on route to helping Manchester City to two trophies this season was not enough for Nasri to appear in Brazil.

Robinho (Brazil)

Robinho was left out entirely of Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man selection, despite being called up by Brazil just last year.

The AC Milan forward has made 92 appearances for his country, scoring 27 goals along the way.

But at 30 years of age, it seems he won’t be adding to his two World Cup showings.

Isco (Spain)

Real Madrid’s 22-year-old playmaker Isco will not make the finals in Brazil, after Vincente Del Bosque overlooked his talents.

The likes of Andreas Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata are just a few names who have pipped him to selection, though age is certainly on Isco’s side for future tournaments.

Carlos Tevez (Argentina)

Despite 19 goals in Serie A for Juventus this season, Carlos Tevez has fallen short of selection for Argentina.

Having played in both the 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament, the former Manchester United and Manchester City striker was overlooked in the attacking department in favour of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonazlo Higuain, Franco Di Santo, Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

That’s some competition.

Erik Lamela (Argentina)

Last, and probably with the least chance of all the World Cup exiles this season, is Tottenham’s expensive summer transfer Erik Lamela.

The Argentine has made just nine appearances for Spurs this season, in what has been a campaign blighted by lack of game time for the forward.

Lamela probably never even entered the thinking of Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, with the likes of Messi, Aguero and Higuain providing competition for his place.

Read more on:    soccer world cup  |  soccer

SABC blackout of Bafana

2015-03-26 14:46


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Bafana Bafana have crashed out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after losing to Ghana in their Group C clash in Equatorial Guinea. What should happen now?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.