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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nasri, Isco, Tevez to Miss 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup

They may be household names in European club football but when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, they may just not be up to standards. France international Samir Nasri, Argentina’s Carlos Tevez and Spaniard Isco will watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup on TV or perhaps from the stands.

The three were surprisingly overlooked by their national team coaches with barely a month before the tournament kicks off in Brazil.

Nasri was disregarded once again by Les Blues coach Didier Deschamps even after helping Manchester City claim their 2nd Premier League title in three years. The 26-year-old has always been seen as a scalawag since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and has been on and off the French squad.

Nasri was omitted even from the standby list alongside his Man City teammate Gael Clichy and Monaco fullback Eric Abidal. Les Blues will play Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador at the World Cup.

Carlos Tevez was the notable absentee in Argentina’s squad headed to Brazil. The Juventus forward has found the back of the net 19 times to help the Old Lady win the Serie A but was left out of the Argie squad. Manchester City centerback Martin Demichelis was the surprise inclusion in coach Alejandro Sabella’s 30-man squad. The 33-year-old played a pivotal role in City’s backline, his partnership with Vincent Kompany helping the Citizens concede the third least goals in the league.

The Argentine squad is once again awash with attacking potent with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Gonzalo Higuain leading a star-studded line up.

Meanwhile Real Madrid midfielder Isco will also miss the plane to Brazil after failing to make it in Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish 30-man provisional squad. The youngster has struggled to make an impact in Madrid’s squad during the second d half of the season which might have cost him the position. The World Champions who meet Netherlands, Chile and Australia in Group B will be led by keeper Iker Casillas and Barcelona midfield trio Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Andres Iniesta while there was also call up for misfiring forward Fernando Torres.


Argentina Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers:
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)

Defenders:
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro), Lisandro Lopez (Getafe), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)

Midfielders:
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell's Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid),Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Fabian Rinaudo (Catania), Enzo Perez (Benfica)

Forwards:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Franco Di Santo (Werder Bremen)\


Spain Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders:
Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Midfielders:
Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Xavi (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)

Forwards:
Diego Costa, David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Fernando Llorente (Juventus), Pedro (Barcelona)



France Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers:
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickeal Landreau (Bastia)


Defenders:
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid ), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool ), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal ), Lucas Digne (Paris), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Midfielders:
Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

Forwards:
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Loic Remy (Newcastle)

On Standby: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Saint-Etienne).

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