They say the world cup is where the best of the best players know how to offload their stuff.Is that really it given England brought Emile Heskey to the 2010 world cup having scored just 3 premier league goals the entire season at the expense of Darren Bent who had scored 24 goals for Sunderland,or barely known teenager Theo Walcott in 2006 who had never kicked a ball in the premier league.These players clearly did not deserve to go to the world cup.This year, several players also did not deserve to go. Following close research,I came up with a list of 23 players who were so lucky to make the cut this year.I know today is deadlin day to submit the final 23 man squad lists by FIFA,but I also included players on standby.
Lets be honest lads,Manuel Neueur has not played a single minute of club football this season.Yes he is argurably the best keeper in world football,but you have to agree.He just is not fit enough to play at the world cup.His game aganist Austria in Sunday’s friendly just prooves my point.If that’s the case,Jack Wilshere shoud have been called up to the national team since Southgate told him to play more premier league games to be rendered fit enough for the world cup.
The Former liverpool Shot stopper made only four appearances for Irish side shelbrone back in 2001.He also made other loan spells while playing For Middlesborough and was fairly unimpressive.He couldn’t make his name at liverpool either and was also shocked to find himself winning a place in the Australian Squad.
Mohammed El Shenawy(Egypt)
The poor lad cannot even Displace Sherif Erkamy at AlAlhy ,yet he was brought in to replace him there.He is even yet to win an international cap for the Egyptian Pharaohs
The chelsea skipper has been so unlike himself this season for chelsea.He has terribly been out of form for the blues.I wonder how Gareth Southgate has overlooked James Tarkowski ,Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles or Chris Smalling who in my view has had an even better season than Cahill.Maybe its the bags of experience he brings to the squad.But even then,he cant even win the captain’s armband for England.
If this man makes the final 23 man list for Switzerland,I will leave myself asking how this has happened.The former Arsenal defender is struggling for gametime at Hamburg.That will make quality defenders not going to the world cup feel very unlucky.Maybe he cant make a starting berth for Harmbug because they don’t want to finish bottom of the league.But his country has a tendancy to pick Premier league flops who do well at international stage.Look at Phillipe Senderos,who also got freezed out of Arsenal.
Okay,I am already starting to Feel Man City fans coming to look for me and strungle me in my sleep.Seriously,this guy’s form has dipped since his move to Manchester in 2016.He was decent at Everton and was even considered the future of England once.Now he cant even displace Nicholas Otamendi at City,the guy he was supposed to displace.Yet the likes of James Tarkowski have been told to do with standby roles.
Ali Gabr ,the absolute premier league flop has played only once for relegated West Brom this season.Egypt might be bringing the best player in the premier league Salah to Russia,but Gabr could be the worst.A complete contrast.
A pure premier league flop with Man City and Bolton where he made shaky performances,he is now at celtic.Belgiam has a whole lot of premier league talent.Really?
Manchester United spent 40 million pounds to make the centreback become a now obvious benchwarmer at the club.I mean,who gets linked with another centreback despite only signing one last summer?
Manuel Da Costa(Morocco)
The Centre half was binned from west ham By Sam Alladyce.Its the world cup season and this absolute joke of a defender is going to the world cup.Hehe.
This man cannot miss this list.Unai Emery made him his first signing when he was appointed PSG manager from his former club sevilla on the back of 3 consecutive Europa League triumphs.He failed to make his mark at the French capital before being shifted to West Bromwich Albion on loan where he failed to secure his team of relegation.To be honest,This lad has let me down.
Reuben Loftus Cheek(England)
Okay.My team is dominated with English players alright?The English Youngster did well in a friendly aganist Germany late last year.But he has performed statistically the same way as Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.I personally think it is Wilshere who should have made the cut as he is England’s best technically gifted player.The young man has a bright future ahead but I doubht he is one to lead England to greatness.Even the young player of the year Leroy Sane failed to make the cut for Germany.
Once again,Jack Wilshere must be thinking how life is catgegorically unfair for him.Jake Livermore is on England’s standby list for the world cup.He has done practically nothing in the premier league in my view.He has gotten relegated thrice in the last five seasons in England.He probably did not make the 23 man squad probably because he Stole an Uber and took drugs in February.Yet Jonjo Shelvey was left behind over concerns about his discipline.
He was offloaded by Barcelona in January to go play in China.Maybe it age,but the Midfielder should be contemplating about hanging his boots now.If he did not have bags of experience and was an Argentina legend,There is no way he oubht to have made that squad.
Ji Dong-Won(Korea Republic)
He is on Korea Republic’s standby list.Hopefully no one will get injured in order for him to replace the injured player.If that happens,Sunderland fans will contemplate how he makes the final 23 man squad list.Yes,his only highlight of his carreer,to me was when he made Martin Tyler almost break his voice box when he scored aganist Man City in 2013 to knock them out of the league cup semi finals,but we have not heared about him since,lets be honest.
The France International has gone from stealing the headlines in the Bundesliga for Dortmund to being a contented Bench warmer at Barcelona.I wonder why they even signed him in the first place if they are acually willing to offload him soon.With Arsenal emerging hot favourites to secure his signature.Surely,didn’t Kingsley Coman not deserve a place in Didier Deschamps 23 man list?
Got nothing much to say about him.dismal perfomance on loan at watford this season.1 goal in 20 appearances!Yet he is going to the world cup.Really?
The guy will transition from sitting in the Notingham forest bench for a living to playing aganist Cristiano Ronaldo at the group stages of the world cup.This is another clear premier league flop who can’t start for Forest in the Championship.
My last english born player on my list,Danny Welbeck has scored less goals in the Premier league in four years than Sadio Berahino,a man who just spends time skipping training.Besides that,Welbeck’s knees are made up of cheese.He looks like a 25 goals a season player,but at the same time,a very athletic doll made out of glass.Southgate claims he did not pick Jordan Sancho Because he doesn’t play in the premier league.What if Gareth Bale was English?I rest my case.
The guy was once argurably the best finisher in England.He actually kept Darren Bent on the bench at Aston Villa.A less than impresive one season at Anfield finished him completeley before actually ending up at Crystal palace where he has become a new version of Emile Heskey.And he is going to the world Cup!
Okay, Belgium are just big fat Jokers.Adnan Januzaj was considered the new world beater after scoring twice aganist Sunderland in 2013,When Moyes was United Coach.He was one of the few bright sparks for united that season and even 4 countries fought for his passport then.He flopped at Dortmund and Sunderland before moving to Sociedad.3 goals an entire season in Spain!And Radja Naingollan was left behind to build sand castles in beaches for the Summer!
A leicester City flop before moving back to CSKA Moscow on loan,I admit he has improoved back at Moscow.6 goals in 10 games for them.But its still not enough for me.But the same Nigerians are bringing Odion Ighalo and Ihenacho to the wold cup,men who can only score aganist the chinese and score 3 Premier league goals respectivelly.I will admit I am quite harsh on this one.
What can I say? 6 games for City and Stoke,no goals.He should be thankful Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not get out of retirement to play at the worl cup.He is also struglling to outshine Iago Aspas at Celta Vigo.And he is only 26.
He did well for Juventus in his debut season,but his strike rate has seriously deteroriated.He has been at fault for missing chances that have made his countries do with runners up medals,the penalty miss aganist Chile one perfect example.He scored 16 Serie A goals aganist Mauro Icardi’s 29 goals in the same league yet Icardi got left out,apparently because of no perfect bond with his teammates.Insane.