Several Serie A Stars Not Called Up for Qatar World Cup

A few of the top Serie A players won’t play in the World Cup even though they were in the running, either because of injuries, subpar performances, or questionable decisions by the coaches of their national teams.

Milan linchpins Mike Maignan, Pierre Kalulu, and Fikayo Tomori haven’t been selected by France and England. The goalie has missed a couple of months due to two consecutive calf strains. Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola, and Steve Mandanda will defend the sticks for Les Blues. Theo Hernandez is present as expected.

Gareth Southgate didn’t call up the Rossoneri center-back. He picked Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Conor Coady, John Stones, and Ben White over him. The Three Lions’ gaffer also left out two further Serie A options from his World Cup squad, Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham. Though, the veteran hasn’t really been part of the pool in years. The marksman paid the price for his rough start of the season. Harry Kane and Callum Wilson are the lone two pure strikers available.

Napoli midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé was rumored to have some chances in light of N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pobga’s absences. But he’s out as well, as Didier Deschamps preferred Eduardo Camavinga, Seko Fofana, Matteo Guendozi, Adrien Rabiot, Jordan Veretout, and Aurelien Tchouameni at his position.

Alexis Saelemaekers is a backup on the Belgium roster, even though he hasn’t featured in a while because of a knee sprain. Romelu Lukaku made the first cut, but Roberto Martinez hinted he would miss the early matches. Robin Gosens won’t participate with Germany.

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