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Coral choose World Cup absentee XI

| 15.05.2014

The announcement of the World Cup squads brought with it shock omissions from one to 11. Coral’s compilation features fantastic forwards, dogged defenders and midfield maestros that are all set to miss out, not to mention a grudging goalkeeper.


John Ruddy, GK

It was between either Fraser Forster or the Canaries custodian for the third spot in Roy Hodgson’s selection. Perhaps the deciding factor was that Ruddy couldn’t keep the Norwich in the Premier League and Forster won the Scottish Premiership with Celtic.

Gregory van der Wiel, RB

Big questions were raised as to exactly what more the PSG right back could have possibly done to make the Dutch squad. Very talented going forward, with energy to burn, he would have been a valuable asset, and has won silverware in France.

Marquinhos, CB

Another talent from the French capital; he is perhaps unlucky not to be chosen in the Brazil squad, especially in his home country. He also has the advantage of having built an understanding with club and international teammate Thiago Silva. He’s definitely one to watch in the future.

Fabricio Coloccini, CB

Very unlucky not to be chosen, even with his injury record, the Newcastle defender has 38 caps for Argentina and is their most experienced defender. It seems Alejandro Sabella isn’t a fan, which is a shame considering his know-how.

Gael Clichy, LB

Didier Deschamps took a risk leaving the Manchester City title winner out, though opted for Patrice Evra (Manchester United) and Lucas Digne (PSG).

Lucas Leiva, CM (Defensive)

Although used sparingly this season at Liverpool, with Steven Gerrard making the position his own, Leiva can still do a job in a holding role. He would have been a great second option for Brazil.

Jonjo Shelvey, CM (Pivot)

He wouldn’t have started for England, though the former Liverpool player has a superb engine and an eye for the spectacular at Swansea.

Javier Pastore, AM

Another player from PSG not to make the cut; Argentina are blessed with the luxury of having a plethora of attacking personnel. At just 24, he is yet to reach his peak, and could be an option in 2018.

Lucas Moura, RW

This is steadily turning into the PSG reserves, though the Brazilian does have talent and would have been an exciting option to have on the bench.

Isco, LW

The Real Madrid man predominantly plays more centrally though every footballer of his quality has the ability to interchange, and very rarely sticks to where the boss scribbles their name on the white board.

Carlos Tevez, CF

Left out of the squad mainly due to an attitude problem, it seems Sabella and Deschamps have been swapping stories. The French boss soon followed suit, allegedly omitting Samir Nasri for exactly the same reason.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.