The Five Snubbed Ones
With the full squads participating at this summer’s World Cup confirmed and announced by now, a number of players have also been confirmed as missing, whether through injury or inability to qualify. There are others, though, which have been simply ignored, regardless of their club form.
Although there was severe competition in the player’s same position for the tournament, Kaka simply deserved to be at the World Cup. Although his current club AC Milan did experience a dismal season, he was one of the very few shining lights for the club throughout the entire season and is a leader among players. Scolari could have done with a player of his calibre and characteristics.
Tevez became the Serie A top scorer on his debut season, yet immense competition including a tiff with Lionel Messi meant that Carlos will not be taking the same plane to Brazil. The player’s touch and dexterity is still there, and would have probably been put to perfectly good use as a super sub.
A highly impressive season for Liverpool was not enough for the Brazilian to be called up as, like Kaka, plays in a position which is breathes abundance in Brazil. His dazzling skills for the club grabbed a lot of attention, yet Scolari seemed to have preferred other choices. Unlike Kaka and Tevez, however, Coutinho is still 21 years of age, meaning that we should be seeing the star perform in future editions.
Although the player was one of the instigators during the national team’s embarrassing 2010 experience, the player seemed to have improved technically. His controversial attitude during the South Africa edition could have well cost him a place in this current edition as France manager Deschamps seeks to keep tranquillity and focus within his squad.
Although the player’s level of performance has taken a slight dip in recent years, the amount of experience Donovan has garnered throughout his career could have definitely been an asset for the United States. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann didn’t seem to think so though, meaning that the player, now 32 years old, has probably just seen his last ever chance to appear at a World Cup crumble.