With Uruguay looking certain to take the final qualification place for next summer’s World Cup, here is a look at five Premier League players whose national teams failed to make it through the play-offs.
After Ivory Coast had taken a three-goal lead in the first leg of their play-off against Senegal, Cisse pulled one back at the death to give his side a glimmer of hope going into the return game. But a late equaliser from Ivory Coast for a 1-1 draw on Saturday ensured that the Newcastle United striker will not be in Brazil next summer, along with Demba Ba and Mohamed Diame.
The West Ham United defender, who has impressed in Premier League this season, did not feature in the play-offs against Mexico due to injury. His absence was surely a factor as the Latin American side scored nine goals over the two legs, ending Reid’s chances of repeating his feat at the 2010 World Cup, when he scored a last minute equaliser against Slovakia.
After a brave effort, Croatia finally ended Iceland’s World Cup journey with a 2-0 aggregate victory. It would have been a fairytale if Iceland had made it to Brazil, in which case, Tottenham’s Sigurdsson would have been the player looked to for inspiration. As it was, the 24-year-old could not help his country over the line after finishing second to Switzerland in Group E.
Reid’s West Ham teammate will not be rampaging down the left flank in Brazil next summer after his Romania team failed to qualify for a World Cup for the fourth time in succession. Romania lost out fairly comfortably against Greece, having beaten Hungary and Turkey in the race for second place in Group D behind the Netherlands.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the most notable absentee from the World Cup, and his Sweden teammates included Sunderland midfielder Larsson. The midfielder will be forced to wait at least another four years to play in football’s biggest tournament after Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show with four goals over the two legs to send Portugal to their fourth successive World Cup.
You can find five more Premier League stars who won’t be at the World Cup here.
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