When the coaches of all 32 teams have selected the 23 players they want to take with them to South Africa for the biggest football tournament in the World of course there will be players missing from the selections, I have picked out 10 players I think will miss out on a place, but in my opinion should be part of their respective countries plans.

If I have missed anyone out, please let me know.

 

#1 Ronaldo – Brazil


Unfortunately know more these days as “Fat Ronaldo” which is a shame for one of the greatest strikers of all time and the all time leading scorer in FIFA World Cup history, he has revived his career with the move back to Brazil with Sao Paulo club Corinthians, in the 2009 season he scored 12 goals in 20 games. Surely there could be a place in a 23 man squad for a born goal scorer; Dunga seems to want to go with the inexperience of Nilmar and Grafite or the youth of Alexander Pato.

I think if Dunga found a spot for Ronaldo in the squad the Selecao fans would fully support the decision and who better to bring on for half an hour to find a goal then a striker in form with killer instinct.

 

#2 Victor Valdes – Spain

Surely the man between the sticks in a team that won 6 trophies last year, Champions League Semi-Finalist and top of La Liga this year could be Spain’s #3, no doubt Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina are ahead of him in the queue, Victor Valdes is more than good enough to be picked by Del Bosque and go to the World Cup, yeah he has his moments, overall a very good keeper, better than Diego Lopez of Villarreal, and would be a fitting to award him a seat on the plane to South Africa.

 

#3 Esteban Cambiasso – Argentina

Inter Milan’s run to the Champions League final has helped highlight how good Esteban Cambiasso has played this season, a very important part in Inter’s midfield, great defensive play against Chelsea and Barcelona, however he is nowhere near the 23 man squad Diego Maradona will take to South Africa, only Diego will know why he won’t pick Esteban, it was November 2009 in a friendly against Spain that he last put on La Albiceleste jersey, and he deserves this June to wear it again.

 

#4 Darren Bent – England

 

If you have a look at all our leagues in Europe, it is quite consistent, If you score a lot of goals and your country is in the World Cup, you are probably going to be in the squad. In Spain 8 of the top 10 scorers will likely be in South Africa the same with Italy, in Germany Stefan Kiessling’s 21 goals so far should be enough to see him take a seat to the World Cup, however when you look at the Top Scorers in the English Premier League, Wayne Rooney on  26 goals and Didier Drogba on 25 are touted as the World’s Best, and then behind them Darren Bent has scored 24 goals in the League for a mid-table team,  if he was any other nationality than English he would be on that teams plane, the more shocking thing being that fans aren’t shouting for him to be part of Capello’s squad, Bobby Zamora has 8 League Goals and people are campaigning for his selection in the squad.

I just don’t understand this mentality, Darren has bags of space, is good in the air, and has always scored goals, he has only managed 5 caps for England so far, so no one can see he has really had his chance to impress, If I was the England manager he’s be in my squad guaranteed, with the conditions in South Africa with 30 minutes to go when teams are tired from the altitude and weather conditions, Defenders would hate to see a powerful striker that can run full pelt for 30 minutes against them, and I would think he could easily bag a few goals.

It seems to me that the England team is one that you don’t get picked by form, but who you play for, and for England to win the World Cup this needs to change.

 

#5 Ronaldinho – Brazil

 

In 2008 the Ronaldinho playing for Barcelona was not the player we all fell in love with, the smile was mostly gone and the skills and tricks were becoming less and less, a remember a quote from after the 2006 WC from Ronnie when he said the reason that he wasn’t the outstanding and entertaining player he had been was because Messi was injured, he had to limit the bursts of genius to save his energy as he had to carry the team, I don’t think it help that he had put on weight and was still partying, and I think lost the love for football that he previously had.

Then he moved to the San Siro for Ancelotti’s Rossoneri and he found time tough again playing 35 games scoring 10 goals and only 8 assists all the questions remained about his fitness and abilities, then when Ancelotti left for Chelsea and his Brazilian compatriot Leonardo took over after a difficult start Ronaldinho began to find form again linking up well with Pato and playing some of his best football again and has arguable been one of Milan’s best players this season 33 games 9 goals and a Serie A leading 15 assists, Ronaldinho has expressed his want to be on that plan for Dunga’s side this summer, whether Dunga will pick him or not is the real question, is there space for Robinho, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo in the same squad, maybe 3 out of the 4 at the most, more likely to be only Robinho and Kaka, it would be a fairytale story if “Ronnie” could make the squad and also make an impact and light up the tournament, which on his day we all know he can.

 

#6 Giuseppe Rossi – Italy

 

Sometimes Italy can lack a spark, that little bit of magic, If I was Marcelo Lippi Rossi is someone who would find a place in my squad, the ability to bring Giuseppe on and he doesn’t even need a position, he can play upfront, drop deep, go wide, he just generally plays where the ball is and makes things happen, strong for his size, he has the ability to make a goal out of nothing, sometimes the play with Gilardino/Iaquinta can be predictable, Rossi can bring that little bit of unpredictability that sometimes teams need.

 

#7 Javier Zanetti – Argentina

 

One of the greatest footballers ever to play the game, Consistent over his whole career near 600 games of football, in an Argentinean team lacking leadership and direction, who better to be part of a squad trying to fulfil it’s potential than a born leader in Zanetti, playing a pivotal part in Inter’s run to the Champions League final he is very versatile can play left and right full back and all across the midfield, and with a team that has some great young talent in Messi and Aguero it is always good to have a strong leader around to help these players out. Javier would be flying my plan to SA not just taking a seat.

 

#8 Phil Jagielka – England

 

If April 2009 when Jagielka went down injured against Manchester City in what turned out to be a Cruciate Knee ligament damage with 14 months to the World Cup any hopes the ex-Sheffield United defender had of making a run into the running for a place in South Africa seemed to be gone, a fantastic 2009 for Everton he played 45 minutes for England against Spain. It was a year after that performance that he came on against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League and made his return and in the 2 months that have followed Phil has picked up where he left off, playing well beside Johnny Heitinga playing the last 9 games in Everton’s fantastic run of late, in defence for England apart from Terry and Ferdinand no place is guaranteed, so there is nothing to say “Jags” could easily make himself in Capello’s plans, I have no idea why someone like Upson in a very poor West Ham could be picked before Jagielka, what a reward for a tremendous comeback that would be.

 

#9 Djibril Cisse – France

 

The 2006 World Cup was meant to be Cisse’s big moment after sub appearances in 2002 in Korea/Japan, Germany could have been his chance to make a massive impact, however in the last warm-up game against China he fell under a challenge twisted badly and broke his leg, once he recovered from the Injury he started re-building his career, a great 24 goals in 1 season for Marseille looked to have re-launched Djibril’s career, however a strange loan move to Sunderland in where he scored 10 goals seemed to stall the reinvention as British fans still judged him on his Liverpool form. He had made it clear he wanted to stay at Sunderland but a deal never materialised and he returned to Marseille, obviously not wanted at the Stade Velodrome he then made the surprise move to the Greek League with Athens giants Panathinaikos, and Djibril has had a fantastic season scoring 23 goals in 28 games leading Pana to the Greek title which lead to Raymond Domenech picking Cisse for the friendly against Spain, he came on as a sub and produced a fantastic save from Casillas when his head from Malouda’s cross was pushed against the post.

Domenech could be very brave and pick Djibril for the World Cup, he has the ability to continue his goal scoring form and finally produce the performances his potential has always promised, I just doubt Domenech is brave enough.

 

#10 Charlie Davies – USA

 

In October 2010 Charlie was in a horrific car crash, breaking his Leg in multiple places, fracturing his elbow, cheek bone, eye socket and forehead, there was worries he would survive the injuries never mind play football again, the 26th of April will be a day Charlie remembers forever, he began full training with his team Sochaux in France, the next day he scored his first goal in training, he commented on twitter the amazing feeling it gave him.

Ligue 1 in France has 4 games left till the season ends and Team USA have 3 warm-up games before the Group Stage starts, chance for Charlie to play some games before the WC starts.

Before his injury Charlie had exploded onto the International scene, scoring against Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final, 4 goals in 17 games for USA and he was a cert to start in South Africa, now he is fighting for a place in the squad, It would be a amazing achievement if Charlie was sitting on the bench against England on June 12th, and who knows if he came on, I wouldn’t bet against him scoring a goal.

There are not an abundance of striking options for the US, Altidore has had a tough season at Hull City, Eddie Johnson has scored 4 goals for Aris in Greece and the other options don’t strike fear in the opponent, so if Bob Bradley thinks Charlie still has the ability, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be on the plane.

 

I would hope 4 or 5 of these players are playing in South Africa in June, but there is a very good chance none of them will and it is the football fans that would miss out, all of these players could play a big part in the Tournament in June, for the coaches picking the squads….What have you got to lose.

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