World Cup Fever

Some big names miss out on World Cup selection…

Benzema - still “the new Zidane”?


After a look at the named squads for the World Cup, one or two players are notable for their absence. Dunga, as predicted, has left Ronaldinho out in the cold, along with Adriano and Pato. The kibosh has also been put in Ruud van Nistelrooy’s dramatic return to the Holland fold.

But more surprising than all of those, Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri have been axed from the France squad, whilst Zanetti, Gago, and Esteban Cambiasso – rather ridiculously – won’t be turning out for Argentina this year.

Can you spot any other glaring omissions? Let us know with a comment. 

12 responses so far
  • John Swaine // May 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    No Cambiasso?!

    Can you imagine how insanely good Argentina would be this year if they had a halfway competent coach.

    I don’t care about the whole “Chupa me” comments. I don’t care that he’s a media disaster.

    But I do care that one of the best Footballing nations will likely get a horrible showing this World Cup Year and it won’t be for lack of talent in the squad.

    If your team makes Messi look bad, there’s something wrong with it.

  • Titus Bramble // May 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I didnt get a call up :(

  • mike // May 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    No Gago? That’s a good exclusion. I’ve followed Gago for some years now. He’s pretty useless & more fit to be a substitute for a lower league team.

  • ozzy // May 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

    no totti and no del piero. dont know if they count as surprises but big names still

  • lady nina // May 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Ray Parlour

  • ray parlour // May 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm


  • mr1234 // May 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    no ashley young or agbonlahor

  • ap // May 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm


  • ap // May 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    maradona is a really motherfucker . The Worst and most hated manager of all-time . The man who omits great CAPTAIN , ZANETTI , RIQUELME and CAMBIASSO . The man who killed dream of Argentina’s fan. The man who must kill himself to save his country. The man who FUCKED ARGENTINA!

  • Ivich // May 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    No Cambiasso and Zanetti is really preposterous. Has Maradona even followed Inter’s fantastic season this year and seen the contributions of these two! Really, this guy baffles me.

  • Giovanni Trappatoni // May 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Shay Given , Kieren Westwood , Joe Murphy

    John O’Shea , Richard Dunne , Stephen Kelly , Kevin Kilbane , Eddie Nolan , Sean St Ledger , Paul McShane , Darren O’Dea

    Aiden McGeady , Damien Duff , Darron Gibson , Glenn Whelan , Keith Andrews , Liam Miller , Stephen Hunt , Andy Keogh , Liam Lawrence

    Kevin Doyle , Robbie Keane , Shane Long , Leon Best , Anthony Stokes

  • John Toshack // May 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale… er….. Ryan Giggs?

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