World Cup 2014: TalkingTikiTaka ‘Snubbed World Cup XI’

Originally featured on the TalkingTikiTaka – WC2014 Blog

As the world cup approaches we take a look at the best players snubbed by national team coaches who’ll be spending the world cup watching from the sofa.


Diego López  – Spain

It takes a good player to keep Iker Casillas out of the Real Madrid team and Diego López  has managed just that, but it looks like Vicente del Bosque is trying to avoid controversy at  international level and has picked Iker Casillas, David de Gea and Pepe Reina ahead of the 32 year old stopper. López could consider himself like many others unfortunate to be spanish as he would probably walk into most other world cup squads

Full Backs

Rafinha – Brazil

Despite making 46 appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich this season and helping them to a German league and cup double. Luiz Felipe Scolari has opted for Maicon (Roma) as Brazil’s second choice right back behind Dani Alves (Barcelona).  Maicon has had a largely forgettable couple of seasons at Roma but it looks like Scolari has opted for experience as Rafinha has only played two friendly for the Brazil senior team

Ashley Cole – England

Still a quality defender at age 33, England’s most-capped full-back in history was in a three way fight for a left back spot in the England squad, in the end Roy Hodgson opted for youth in the form of Southampton’s outstanding Luke Shaw who will play back up to Everton’s Leighton Baines. It was obviously a hard decision to make but based on form this year it was probably the correct one, just…..

Centre Backs

Miranda – Brazil

A puzzling decision by Scolari as Miranda is currently in great form with Atletico Madrid helping to break the Monopoly that Barcelona and Real Madrid had over the Spanish top flight and are is into the final of the Champions league. Scolari has instead opted for Napoli’s Henrique as the fourth central defender. Henrique has only 71 minutes of experience at international level and hasn’t cemented a place in Napoli’s team this year but it is likely his previous time with Scolari at Palmeiras that worked in his favour and won him the spot.

Marquinhos – Brazil

If Scolari had wanted a young player to fill up the fourth central defensive spot he could of looked no further than  Paris Saint-Germain 2o year old defender Marquinhos. Although not an automatic starter for PSG he has performed well with some vital contributions and is beginning to show why PSG paid €31.4 million for him and can be considered unlucky to be left out.


Samir Nasri – France

Despite starting regularly for Manchester City this season and winning a Premier League and Carling Cup double Nasri has been left out of the France squad along with Manchester City team mate Gael Clichy. Apparently left out due to his reputation as a trouble maker the decision by Didier Deschamps still seems a strange one. According to Deschamps,  Nasri was left out because  he was building ”the best squad, and did not pick the 23 best French players”.

Javier Pastore – Argentina

has not had the best of seasons and has only produced one goal and one assist in 28 Ligue 1 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain and as such was probably the correct decision, Pastore still looks to have a bright future though and will almost certainly feature at future world cups

Centre Midfield

Isco – Spain

A victim of the massive amount of talent in the Spain midfield, it was always going to be difficult given the quality of the Spanish team and quite simply Isco has not shone for Real Madrid this year. Like many other left out Spanish players he would probably walk into any other world cup squad and can so consider himself a victim of circumstance

Philippe Coutinho – Brazil

The third Brazil player to be put in this team really makes you wonder about some of Scolari’s decisions but also the strength of the Brazil squad. Coutinho has been in good form for Liverpool this year and has managed  five goals and seven assists in the Premier League compared  Chelsea’s Willian, who managed four goals, two assists, and Tottenham’s Paulinho, who managed six goals but recorded just two assists all campaign both of whom have a place in the Brazil squad.  Coutinho didn’t even make it into the 7 standby players


Carlos Tevez- Argentina 

A surprise exclusion by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella. Although having not played for his country since 2011 Tevez has been in good form for Juventus this season scoring scoring 19 goals in Serie A this season. Tevez did not even make the 30 man provisional squad which is even more baffling considering even the former Wigan striker, Franco Di Santo now at Werder Bremen who’s managed only four Bundesliga goals this season, has managed to make the 30 man provisional squad although he has since been dropped when the final 23 man squad was announced

Mario Gomez – Germany

The former Bayern Munich striker now at Fiorentina only managed 9 games this season due to injury and this clearly wasn’t enough to force himself into manager Joachim Löw’s plans. Indeed the Germany manager appeared to confirm this by telling reporters that he had chosen a more youthful players and he did not think Gomez would last the tournament.

So there you have it that’s our Left out XI if you have any of your own suggestions please feel free to post them in the comments


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