Some are named among the 30 players for the Golden Ball, others are sure values in their respective clubs. And yet, they will not compete for the 2018 World Cup, as L’Equipe reminds us.
Let’s start with Jan Oblak, one of the best guards in the world. By finishing in fourth place in Group F, Slovenia did not really put the weight in front of England and Slovakia.
In defense, there are David Alaba (Austria), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) and Stefan Savic (Montenegro). These three players play at a high level on our continent: Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. They will not have to be counted on in Russia.
What do you say about a midfield between Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal, Miralem Pjanic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan? With confidence at Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United, they can follow the 2018 World Cup from their sofa.
Sanchez-Bale-Aubameyang in attack
The attack looks great on paper: Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Gareth Bale (Wales) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon).
Other Buffalo stars, Buffuc, Bonucci, Verratti (Italy), Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic (Croatia), Eriksen (Denmark), Shaqiri, Rodriguez (Switzerland), Leckie (Australia) ), Ziyech, Benatia (Morocco), Aurier, Seri, Gervinho (Côte d’Ivoire) …