Several of the top international teams will routinely feature in the FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia next year but there are few top guns which failed to secure a berth in the football’s biggest showdown. As the World Cup qualifying round draws to a close, fates of several teams have been decided already. Netherlands, Wales, Chile and the United States lead the list of teams that will sit out the football World Cup 2018.

With the ouster of Netherlands, flamboyant winger Arjen Robben announced his retirement from the international football. Had Netherlands managed to qualify for the World Cup, the Bayern Munich superstar would have represented his country in Russia. It’s just not Robben who will be sorely missed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but there is a host of other players as well.

We bring you top 11 players who will miss the tournament next year:

Claudio Bravo – Chile
There’s no doubt about the quality of former Barcelona man and after his move to Premier League this summer, Manchester City fans have developed a great affinity towards him. He will be sorely missed by his fans in the biggest football competition.

Daley Blind – Netherlands
The Dutchman has established himself as a regular starter in Jose Mourinho’s squad. He has been playing a vital role in United’s ongoing terrific form and surely the Old Trafford loyalists will miss him.

Gary Medel – Chile
The mainstay in the international team and a true leader of men, Medel has led Chile from the front in many big games. The World Cup will not be the same for Chile supporters without him.

Virgil van Dijk – Netherlands
The Dutch player has got a burgeoning reputation in England and has a number of admirers in top football clubs across Europe. His chance to shine at international platform goes in vain.

Ben Davies – Wales
The Welsh footballer has made the left back position in Tottenham squad his own and has produced a number of match-winning displays for his club. Fans of Hotspurs and Wales will sure lament his absence in the World Cup Russia.

Christian Pulisic – USA
The wonder kid of Borussia Dortmund is touted to be the next big thing in American football. But USA’s failure to secure World Cup berth will come as a big blow to the youngster, who certainly could have shone in the big tournament.

Arturo Vidal – Chile
The dynamic box-to-box midfielder is a jolly to watch and his action-packed style of play will be missed by every football fan. The Bayern Munich midfielder will be a big loss for a star-studded World Cup 2018.

Aaron Ramsey – Wales
Another tireless midfielder who plies his trade in Premier League has a great many followers and people of Wales will miss their football hero in the football extravaganza.

Georginio Wijnaldum – Netherlands
From Eredivisie to Premier League, the Netherlands player has worked really hard to make his mark in football. With consistent displays for Liverpool, he has garnered a lot of fans in English football. He will be a big miss for Anfield loyalists.

Alexis Sanchez – Chile
The Arsenal talisman has a fan following across the world and his absence in next year’s football World Cup will be disastrous for many. Sanchez’s tireless runs, unreal passes and incredible goals, it will be missed badly.

Gareth Bale – Wales
The Real Madrid speedster has the mettle to single-handedly turn around games for his club and country. With Wales failure, football lovers will miss this superstar’s eye-catching displays at the World Cup.

First Published | 12 October 2017 8:27 PM
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