Sport Best XI of players who won't be at the World Cup in 2018

00:25  14 november  2017
00:25  14 november  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Here, Mirror Sport picks an all-star XI from the players who won ' t be featuring at the tournament. Voted the best goalkeeper in LaLiga for the past two years, the 24-year-old's hopes of appearing at a maiden World Cup were dashed after Slovenia were unable to progress from the qualifying group

Here, we compile a starting eleven with the best players not to qualify. CB: Virgil Van Dijik. After failing to force a Southampton exit, the center-back has suffered another blow: failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup .

Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg © Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Sport Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg

There have been plenty of shocks in the World Cup qualification process with some high-class teams being eliminated and therefore, some top players will be missing from the tournament at Russia 2018.

We’ve built a team from all of the players who won’t be featuring in the summer.

We think it stacks up pretty well, it’s just a shame that these players won’t grace our TV screens come the summer.

Sweden knock Italy out of the World Cup .
For the first time since 1958, a World Cup will be played without Italy as a participant after Giampiero Ventura’s were held to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro. Sweden, protecting a 1-0 lead from the first lef, defended heroically and despite some questionable refereeing decisions, they managed to hold on. Both sides will feel like they should have had two penalties but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz didn’t give any of them and despite Italy dominating possession, they couldn’t find a break through. The defeat means that Gianluigi Buffon’s international career ends prematurely and that Sweden will be competing at Russia 2018. Ventura’s position as manager will be untenable and whilst the inquest goes ahead, Italians will need to prepare for a summer where they won’t see their side playing at the World Cup.

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