2022 World Cup snubs of the biggest squads. Prior to the deadline on Monday, the 32 participating countries in this year’s World Cup began submitting their squad lists, and some noticeable exclusions have already been noted. A few excellent young players have paid a high price for joining the wrong club at the wrong time, while some World Cup champions will be watching from home. In addition to 2014 World Cup hero Mario Gotze, Germany has named its 26-man roster for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Tammy Abraham: The Roma forward scored 27 goals in all competitions during his first season at the Stadio Olimpico, assisting Jose Mourinho’s squad in their historic victory over the first UEFA Conference League.once lasted for six weeks without establishing a goal, but not this time.
Thiago Alcantara: The writing was already on the wall for Thiago Alcantara. Since Euro 2021, he hadn’t represented Spain. So it’s hardly shocking that Luis Enrique left him off of his squad for the Qatar trip. But I’m still in awe of it. As with every season, Thiago has faced injury issues, but his outstanding performance for Liverpool each and every time he steps on the pitch shows that he is still among the top midfielders in the game. The Reds wouldn’t be the same team without him.
David de Gea: David de Gea is not one of the best goalkeepers in the world when he has the ball at his feet. It is well known that. But he must rank among the top three shot blockers in Spain. Unai Simon, David Raya, and Robert Sanchez were the candidates selected by Luis Enrique for Qatar. Given that he has been back to anything approximating his ultimate best in recent weeks, Manchester United’s De Gea will probably be miffed by his absence. It is reasonable for the Spain coach to assert that De Gea just fails to provide what he requires from his goalkeepers.
Ryan Gravenberch: The previous few months have been rough for Ryan Gravenberch. His career was meant to take off after moving from Ajax to Bayern Munich in the summer, but it has instead remained unchanged. He hasn’t actually made a Bundesliga start for the Bavarians, therefore he didn’t stand a chance of being chosen for the Netherlands team going to Qatar.
Roberto Firmino: Brazil’s omission of Roberto Firmino is odd, to say the least. To begin with, the Liverpool No. 9 is one of the few forwards in the world with a toughness and inventiveness combination that compares to that. Second, this season has seen goals from a striker who was frequently criticized for lacking sufficient clinical skill.
Mats Hummels: It makes sense that Mats Hummels lists one of his career’s “biggest regrets” as not being chosen for the Germany squad to play in Qatar. The Borussia Dortmund defense recently rendered Manchester City’s prolific goal scorer Erling Haaland absolutely ineffective during a Champions League game at Signal Iduna Park.
Gabriel Magalhaes: For Gabriel Magalhaes to gain entry into a crowded Brazil team, the first half of the season had to be flawless. Sadly, despite the unquestionable center-back’s crucial role in Arsenal’s surprising rise to the top of the Premier League, his season has also been hampered by stupid mistakes and inappropriate concentration lapses.
Ferland Mendy: Ferland Mendy appeared prepared to go to Qatar at the end of September after starting both of France’s Nations League games against Austria and Denmark. Even though Mendy is still Real Madrid’s first-choice left-back, he struggled against the latter and has had an erratic recent performance.
Sergio Ramos: Sergio Ramos was not chosen for Spain’s Euro 2020 team because of a season hampered by injuries at the professional level. His absence from the group traveling to Qatar is harder to excuse. The 36-year-old former Real Madrid player has been a consistent and dependable player for Paris Saint-Germain this season despite his advanced age.
Jadon Sancho: What makes Jadon Sancho’s removal from the England team so tragic is that everyone anticipated it. After a shockingly unsuccessful debut season at Manchester United, there was sincere hope that the winger might make a comeback under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Fikayo Tomori: There was always a worry that Southgate would judge Fikayo Tomori based only on two games against Chelsea despite his consistently excellent performances for AC Milan over the previous year. In that doubleheader of Champions League games, the center-back also put on a dismal performance, receiving a raw deal at Stamford Bridge before getting himself sent off at San Siro.
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