Three top players who never made an appearance in the World Cup

Football News: The game of football can be cruel at times for certain teams and players. Jorginho was voted the third-best player at the Ballon d’Or awards recently. However, he missed out on a place to play in the world cup.

Italians were left stunned when North Macedonia knocked them out in the semi-final of the playoffs last Thursday. After failing to qualify for two World Cup finals in a row, the Italians were taken aback by Aleksandar Trajkovski’s remarkable late strike in Palermo.

Jorginho is the current European Player of the Year. He debuted for Italy in 2016 and has already amassed 43 caps. When the next tournament begins in 2026, he will be 34 years old.

We will be looking at three big names that never made an appearance in the World Cup. Watch out as the names might surprise you.

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Football News: Three top players who never made an appearance in the World Cup

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Giggs has more Premier League winners’ medals than anyone else who has ever set foot on English land (along with four FA Cups, three League Cups, and two European Cups). However, his international career he paled in contrast.

Despite making 64 appearances for his country over 16 years, the former United winger was unable to qualify for the World Cup.

Wales has only qualified for the tournament once in their history, in 1958 in Sweden. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.


Ian Rush

The same country, same result. Rush’s club career established him as one of the finest in British football, with five league titles and two European cups won with Liverpool in the 1980s. In his 16-year international career, he made 73 appearances.

Qualification for Italia ’90 became impossible when they were drawn into a qualifying group with Finland. The group also had European champions the Netherlands, and world champions-elect Germany. Even with Rush alongside Neville Southall and Mark Hughes, a 0-0 tie against the latter at home was the best they could do, and they finished last.


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Eric Cantona

Despite his tremendous impact on modern football, ‘Eric the King’ was never invited to the world’s biggest event, despite that infamous match in Paris.

Cantona apparently didn’t make the USA ’94 team despite scoring the first goal against Bulgaria. He announced a sudden retirement at the age of 30. Because of his retirement of him, he not only missed out on France hosting the tournament in 1998 but also on being a part of Aime Jacquet’s winning team.

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The Frenchman has slammed FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the world cup hosting rights. Cantona told the Daily Mail, “I myself will not watch it. It’s all about the money, and the way the stadium builders were treated was appalling. Thousands of people died as a result. “

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