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World Cup Snub XI

The World Cup is the biggest football stage on the planet and we all would expect to see the world’s best players at the spectacle.

However, several reasons prevent some of the top players from participating in the tournament.

We had look at the best players who were snubbed by their national team coaches and will watch the World Cup at home or some holiday resort.


The Dutch goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, was his countries first-choice goalkeeper during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and only conceded six goals throughout the tournament, helping his country to finish runners-up. However, a bad transfer to Fulham where he fell out of favour towards the end has cost him his place in the Dutch squad.


In defence, the biggest surprise was probably the omission of Atletico Madrid defender, Miranda. He was part of the best defence in Europe, but was snubbed by Luiz Felipe Scolari due to competition by Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Dante.

Alvaro Arbeloa (SPA, Real Madrid), Gail Clichy (FRA, Manchester City) and Ashley Cole (ENG, Chelsea) were the other defenders snubbed by their countries, with the latter announcing his international retirement afterwards.


In midfield, Manchester City’s Samir Nasri was the biggest surprise omission. The 26-year-old played a key role in the Citizens successful campaign, but was left out by France coach, Didier Deschamps. The national coach saw him as a disruptive influence.  

Javier Pastore (ARG, PSG), Isco (SPA, Real Madrid), Kaka (BRA, AC Milan), and Lucas Moura (BRA, PSG) were the other big name midfielders who we won’t see at the World Cup.


Argentina striker, Carlos Tevez, has scored 18 goals in his debut season at Juventus which helped the Italian giants to win the title in record-breaking manner. However, his national team coach, Alejandro Sabella, has never called him up since taking over Argentina in 2011 and also snubbed him for the World Cup.

Which other famous players would make your World Cup snub XI? Have your say in the comment section below.

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