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Check Out The Greatest XI Players That Will Miss 2022 World Cup

While the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will undoubtedly be a star-studded affair full of entertainment and drama, certain huge names will be absent. 

Although 27 of the 32 teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, other major nations, like as Italy and the Ivory Coast, have already been eliminated. 

We’ve put up a fantastic XI of players that won’t be playing in the World Cup. 

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma(GK)

When Italy won Euro 2020 last summer, Donnarumma saved two penalties against England and was voted Player of the Tournament. 

The 23-year-old was a spectator for the majority of Italy’s World Cup playoff semi-final against North Macedonia, but he was chastised for failing to stop Aleksandar Trajkovski from scoring late. 

  • Vladimir Coufal(RD)

Since joining West Ham from Slavia Prague in 2020, Coufal has been a revelation, helping the Hammers finish sixth in the Premier League last season. 

He was also a major member of the Czech Republic team that advanced to the Euro 2020 quarterfinals last summer, but he will not be playing in the World Cup this summer. 

Due to a groin injury, the right-back was forced to sit out his country’s play-off semi-final against Sweden, which they lost 1-0. 

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  • Giorgio Chiellini(CB) 

Chiellini, one of the best centre-backs of his generation, led Italy to the European Championship title last summer. 

However, he won’t have the TV remote in his hands until December, as Italy failed to qualify for two World Cups in a row for the first time in their history. 

The 37-year-old, who is tied for sixth all-time in Italy’s appearances, is expected to retire from international football following their humiliating defeat. 

  • Leonardo Bonucci(CB) 

Due to a calf injury, Bonucci was unable to play in Italy’s match against North Macedonia, and it is fair to say he did not take the defeat well. 

  • David Alaba(LB)

Alaba is widely regarded as one of Austria’s greatest players, and he was expected to lead his country to its first World Cup appearance since 1998.

Despite placing fourth in Group F, they advanced to the play-off semi-finals thanks to their Nations League performances, and were pitted against Gareth Bale’s Wales. 

  • Jorginho(CDM)

Jorginho had a fantastic 2021 season, winning the Champions League, Euros, and UEFA Super Cup before finishing third in the Ballon d’Or. 

However, the midfielder had some difficult moments, missing a penalty in both of Italy’s World Cup qualifying draws against Switzerland.  

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  • Marco Verratti(CM)

Verratti, despite being one of the best midfielders in the world, has only ever played in two World Cups, both of which were in 2014. 

He was a member of the side that failed to qualify for the tournament in 2018 and then played the entire 90 minutes against North Macedonia in a 1-0 loss. 

  • Martin Odegaard(CM)

Odegaard, who struggled for playing time at Real Madrid, is finally living up to his full potential with Arsenal, and has been one of the team’s top performances this season. 

In addition, the 23-year-old was named captain of Norway in 2021, with the goal of helping his country qualify for a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 2000. 

However, after finishing third in Group G behind the Netherlands and Turkey, Stale Solbakken’s team will have to watch from home. 

  • Mohammed Salah (RW) 

Salah has established himself as one of the top players in the world because to his remarkable goal-scoring exploits since joining Liverpool in 2017.

Egypt faced the same opponents for a place in the 2022 World Cup after losing the Africa Cup of Nations final to Senegal. The game went to penalties. 

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Salah missed his penalty after being hit with lasers, but Sadio Mane, a Liverpool teammate, converted the spot kick to send Senegal to Qatar. 

  • Erling Haaland(ST)

Haaland has established himself as one of the most sought-after players in the world of football, but he will have to wait for the opportunity to exhibit his abilities in a World Cup. 

The Borussia Dortmund striker, who was born just a few days after the end of Euro 2000, scored five goals for Norway in six World Cup qualifiers. 

However, owing to injury, he missed Norway’s final four World Cup qualifiers, in which they only earned five points out of a potential twelve. 

  • Luis Diaz(LW)

Diaz, who recently joined Liverpool for £37 million, will be unable to improve on his promising World Cup performances in 2022. 

Colombia hoped to finish fifth and qualify via the playoffs after Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Uruguay secured South America’s four automatic spots for the 2022 World Cup. However, Peru beat them to it.

Subs: Jan Oblak, Victor Lindelof, Franck Kessie, Nicolo Barella, Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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