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Erling Haaland, Italy's star, Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, Alexis Sanchez, are the big names who will be missing 2022 World Cup Qatar.


Italy are among the big nations who won’t be competing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and some household names will miss out on football’s showpiece event.

The Azzurri fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to North Macedonia in their World Cup play-off semi-final clash and the Euro 2020 winners have now failed to make a second successive World Cup after previously not missing one since 1958.

The World Cup will be missing some huge namesFIFA

England had no such problems sealing their place in Qatar following a 10-0 win over San Marino in a game where the Three Lions only needed a point.

And Gareth Southgate’s men won’t have to worry about facing some of the world’s biggest superstars later this year…

Which players will miss out on a place at Qatar 2022?

Erling Haaland

The Man City striker has been a revelation since moving to the Premier League but he’ll have to wait for the chance to showcase his skills on the world stage.

Norway, who have not qualified for a major international competition since Euro 2000, finished third in Group G behind the Netherlands and Turkey.

Stale Solbakken’s side faced the Dutch knowing a win would at least guarantee them a play-off spot with a draw also enough if Turkey lose.

Yet Norway – who were without Haaland due to injury – fell to a 2-0 defeat and will now miss out on this year’s tournament.

GettyHaaland and Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard will not be at the World Cup[/caption]


Euro 2020 champions Italy have failed to make a second successive World Cup.

After failing to make it out of their group, the Italians were beaten 1-0 by North Macedonia in their play-off semi-final.

It means a host of big names won’t be in Qatar.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Juventus great Leonardo Bonucci will all stay home.

Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile will all miss out too.

Euro 2020 champions Italy did not make the World CupGetty

Mo Salah

Salah will not be at the World Cup this year after Egypt lost to Senegal.

Senegal beat Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final and they did so again via a penalty shootout in their World Cup play-off.

Salah was desperate to take his country to the World Cup but was ex-Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane who had the last laugh yet again.

The 2022 World Cup won’t feature SalahGETTY

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang’s career has been all over the place recently following his controversial Arsenal exit, short-term stint at Barcelona and deadline day move to Chelsea.

But he’ll have some time off this winter as Gabon failed to make it to the World Cup.

The Panthers finished a distant second to Egypt in their AFC group with captain Aubameyang failing to inspire them.

They have never been to the World Cup.

Aubameyang and Gabon won’t be at the World CupPierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Instagram

Wilfried Zaha

Another big Africa country to fail to make the World Cup is Ivory Coast.

They made three straight World Cups between 2006 and 2014 but have now missed out on back-to-back tournaments. 

The Elephants were beaten to top spot in their group by Cameroon and that means several households names won’t be in Qatar.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is among them alongside the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Franck Kessie and Eric Bailly.

Zaha’s Ivory Coast failed to make the World CupAFP or Licensors

Andrew Robertson

Nathan Patterson’s first international goal for Scotland set them on their way to a 2-0 win against Moldova and earned a play-off place in the process.

The Tartan Army then made the road to Qatar a little easier by securing a home semi-final against Ukraine with a historic 2-0 win over Denmark.

But Steve Clarke’s side couldn’t replicate some good past performances in their play-off against Ukraine, and Robertson will miss the World Cup.

Scotland haven’t featured in football’s biggest competition since 1998 and Premier League stars Kieran Tierney, Billy Gilmour, Scott McTominay, John McGinn and Che Adams will also miss out.

Scotland failed to show what they were capable of against Ukraine who easily won at Hampden Park

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The veteran striker was caught hitting Cesar Azpilicueta with a reckless shoulder charge in Sweden’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Spain.

Ibrahimovic was booked off camera following the clash, which meant he was suspended for Sweden’s crucial World Cup play-off win over Czech Republic.

The Swedes faced Poland and Ibrahimovic came off the bench but couldn’t stop a 2-0 defeat.

Ibra, who only returned to the international fold recently after a five-year absence, has not featured in the competition since Germany 2006 and probably won’t do so again given his age.

Ibra is known for being flamboyant and outspoken but he won’t be at the World CupAFP

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez’s Chile have missed out on the World Cup after really struggling in qualification.

Now at Marseille, Sanchez is a Chilean football icon and has been to two World Cups.

But he won’t be at a third and possibly final one.

Sanchez’s Chile have missed out on the World CupAFP or licensors

Radamel Falcao 

Like Sanchez’s Chile, Falcao and Colombia were poor in the CONMEBOL qualification.

Los Cafeteros have been at the last two tournaments but they won’t make it to Qatar.

Falcao is on 99 caps for his country but he won’t be adding to that tally at the World Cup.

Falcao and Colombia won’t be at the World Cup


By: Marc Williams
Title: Erling Haaland, Italy’s stars, Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Alexis Sanchez – the big names who will miss 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Sourced From: talksport.com/football/983003/world-cup-2022-qatar-ibrahimovic-erling-haaland-salah-mane-aubameyang-robertson/
Published Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:55:00 +0000

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