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Premier League stars who will not feature in the 2018 World Cup


5. Andre Ayew (West Ham United)

It has not been a good spell with West Ham United for Ayew, and the same can be said for Ghana. The former Marseille player was partially a part of Ghana’s disappointing qualifying campaign for the World Cup. Ghana managed to win only once in their five games, and it is safe to say that their 1-1 draw against Congo could’ve made a big difference had that resulted in a win. Ayew surprisingly backed out due to a knee injury before their match against Congo and has been out of the team since then.


4. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Valencia is arguably one of the best right backs in the Premier League, but it is a sad fact that we will not be seeing the Ecuadorian in the World Cup in Russia. Ecuador started brightly in their qualifying games especially with the home games, but their three consecutive losses in the last three home games saw them fail to earn a spot for the play-off position. It is very likely that we won’t be seeing Valencia in the next edition of the World Cup after next year.


3. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

The Gunners midfielder is quite a dynamic midfielder with his abilities to play multiple positions in the midfield. Unfortunately, we will not be seeing him in Russia next year as Wales to qualify for the tournament. After impressing so much at the Euro 2016, Wales were very strongly considered as a participant in the World Cup, but they needed a point from their last qualifier game against Ireland. Sadly, Wales succumbed to a late 1-0 loss and lost their place in the next World Cup.


2. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

The Dutchman is not experiencing a good spell at Liverpool courtesy their struggles in the league. To add to his misery, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup. The Dutch had two strong teams France and Sweden in their qualifying group to pose a strong contest, and it seems both these teams were strong enough to beat the Dutch side and gain a spot in the World Cup next year. Wijnaldum started every qualifying game for the Netherlands.


1. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

The Chilean is already facing a crisis with his club career over the summer transfer window saga that stopped him from joining Manchester City. To add, Chile have too failed to qualify for the World Cup. They needed to win a single point against Brazil in their final qualifying match, but the Brazilians were too strong for them. With Peru getting the point against Colombia, Chile went out on the basis of goal difference, making it very painful for Sanchez and the Chilean fans.

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