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Samir Nasri And The Best XI Who Were Overlooked For World Cup Selection

Samir Nasri And The Best XI Who Were Overlooked For World Cup Selection

Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez celebrate a Manchester City goal
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As the competing 32 nations announced their squads for the World Cup, there were always going to be a few surprise exclusions to take note of. Samir Nasri being left out of the French squad took the majority of the headlines, but Nasri is by no means alone in feeling harshly treated after being overlooked by his country. Here is a team of players who, like Nasri, will have to watch the tournament from home this summer.

Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez goalkeeper of Real Madrid
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Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez

Diego Lopez goalkeeper of Real Madrid
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Imagine being Real Madrid's No. 1 goalkeeper, but not even being in your country's top four in that position -- that is the bizarre situation that Diego Lopez finds himself in. Even with the injury to Victor Valdes, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque still couldn't find room for Lopez as he picked Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and David De Gea instead.

Right-Back: Alvaro Arbeloa

Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa
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Right-Back: Alvaro Arbeloa

Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Arbeloa
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Alvaro Arbeloa has lost his Real Madrid right-back position to Dani Carvajal in the last 12 months. Now, he's lost his national team position to him too. Arbeloa didn't make the provisional squad as backup either and after being a part of the World Cup-winning team from 2010, Arbeloa will not be in Brazil to help Spain try to retain the trophy.

Center-Back: Marquinhos

Marquinhos of Paris Saint Germain
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Center-Back: Marquinhos

Marquinhos of Paris Saint Germain
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Paris Saint-Germain rated young Brazilian center-back Marquinhos enough to splash an estimated £27 million on him in the last summer transfer window. Marquinhos, however, is obviously not rated as highly in Brazil as Luis Felipe Scolari omitted him from his 23-man squad, and even the standby list too.

Center-Back: Adil Rami

Center-back Adil Rami of AC Milan
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Center-Back: Adil Rami

Center-back Adil Rami of AC Milan
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Adil Rami joined AC Milan on loan from Valencia in January, and was hoping to earn a place on the French squad named by Didier Deschamps. Deschamps, though, opted for Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane, Eliaquim Mangala and Mamadou Sakho instead.

Left-Back: Ashley Cole

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Left-Back: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole salutes Stamford Bridge crowd
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You knew Ashley Cole was struggling at Chelsea when Jose Mourinho opted to play a right-back, Cesar Azpilicueta, in Cole's left-back spot this season. Cole struggled for game time and has paid for that by losing his place on the English team to the now first-choice Leighton Baines. He even lost the backup spot to Southampton youngster Luke Shaw.

Defensive Midfield: Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry playing for Everton
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Defensive Midfield: Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry playing for Everton
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Gareth Barry was much maligned as an England starter, but the experienced Barry has been a revelation on loan at Everton this season. With the young English squad that was announced by Roy Hodgson, there is a case to be made that Barry had done enough to earn a place on the squad as an experienced and in-form veteran.

Right Midfield: Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore of Paris Saint Germain
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Right Midfield: Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore of Paris Saint Germain
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Argentina have a lot of attacking talent to pick from, but the omission of Javier Pastore was still a surprise to some. With his vision and ability to create opportunities for the strikers, Pastore would have been a good option to have in the squad for manager Alejandro Sabella -- not that he agrees, obviously.

Left Midfield: Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho plays for Liverpool against Chelsea
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Left Midfield: Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho plays for Liverpool against Chelsea
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Brazil are another nation with a plethora of attacking talent to choose from. Although Philippe Coutinho was a player who was thought to have a chance of at least making the standby list with his good form for Liverpool this season, it was not to be.

Central Attacking Midfield: Isco

Real Madrid attacker Isco
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Central Attacking Midfield: Isco

Real Madrid attacker Isco
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Real Madrid attacker Isco will be one of the most talented players not to be selected by any nation for the World Cup in Brazil. Getting into the Spanish squad is not exactly easy when you have the likes of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla to compete with. Sitting on the bench at Real Madrid behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale didn't help either.

Striker: Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez scores for Juventus
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Striker: Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez scores for Juventus
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Carlos Tevez was a player who seemingly never had any hope of making the Argentinian squad. Tevez' last call-up for his country was in 2011 and his form for his country over the years has never quite matched the form he has produced for his clubs. With the world-class forward line that Argentina have at their disposal, they are one of the few nations who can legitimately afford to leave a player as good as Tevez at home.

Striker: Mario Gomez

Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez
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Striker: Mario Gomez

Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez
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An injury-plagued season was the reason Mario Gomez was not selected for the German squad. Gomez is a proven goal scorer at the highest level, but Germany coach Joachim Low chose to exclude him as he did not believe Gomez would be physically ready for the intensity of a World Cup after being sidelined for so much of the season at Fiorentina.