World Cup 2018: The 50 Best Players Missing the Tournament in Russia

Some household names will have to make do with watching the action on TV for the next four weeks.
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World Cup 2018: The 50 Best Players Missing the Tournament in Russia Newsweek

Some of world's soccer biggest stars will feature at the 2018 World Cup, but a number of very talented players will miss out. Being it through injury, selection of failure to qualify some household names will have to make do with watching the action on TV for the next four weeks.

Leroy Sane was one of the best players in the Premier League last season but Germany coach Joachim Low has opted to leave the 22-year-old out of the World Cup squad along with Mario Gotze, who scored the winner in the final four years ago.

Anthony Martial did not make France's 23-man squad after a disappointing season with Manchester United, while Didier Deschamps also omitted Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette. Gareth Bale, the hero of last month's Champions League final, and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey missed out after Wales could only finish third in its qualifying group, while 29 goals in a season were not enough for Mauro Icardi to earn a call up to the Argentina squad.

Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will both be watching from the sofa as Chile, who thrilled viewers four years ago, missed out on a spot at the World Cup on goal difference. The Netherlands, meanwhile, fell short of qualification for the first time since 2002, prompting Arjen Robben to quit international football, as did Radja Nainggolan after he was left out of Belgium's squad.

Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Ciro Immobile and Daniele De Rossi will be among the most prominent absentees after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, after losing in a playoff to Sweden.

In this gallery, Newsweek goes through the 50 best players not at the 2018 World Cup.

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1. Gareth Bale—Wales, 70 caps, 29 goals (FW, 28, Real Madrid): The Champions League final hero will once again miss out on a World Cup appearance after Wales finished third in its group. A disappointing absence given the way the team performed at Euro 2016, Bale might only have one more shot at making a World Cup. Michael Steele/Getty Images