As a still strangely optimistic England fan Sat in front of Ecuador against Switzerland I feel swept up in the magic of the world cup. How brilliant is it to have a single competition with all of the best players on the planet applying their trade with the whole world watching?
Then a thought popped into my head. Are all of the best players there? The answer is unfortunately not; outstanding players not lucky enough to be supported by equally talented compatriots means the World Cup is missing many of the greatest footballers in the world.
Not that FIFA would ever let this happen but it would certainly throw a cat amongst the pigeons to have a ‘best of the rest’ team made up of those players who are not part of a qualifying team. Not only would it give every player, no matter what country they are from, the opportunity to play in the World Cup, it would provide a team for the fans of your Scotland’s and your San Marino’s to support. It would turn the competition into a truly ‘World’ event.
With that in mind I have picked my team that would compete at the World Cup alongside the top footballing nations.
*This team does not include players such as Samir Nasri who were not selected to play for their country at the World Cup.*
GK- Petr Cech (Czech Republic):
This gentle giant has been outstanding at Chelsea for many seasons now. In his time with the West London blues, he has never once been ousted from the team due to poor form. He is a daunting prospect for an opposing striker and his sheer presence inspires confidence in the defenders in front of him. The Czech Republic, who were in a tough qualification group with Italy, Denmark and Bulgaria, failed to make the World Cup leaving Petr free to keep goal for our team of misfits.
CB- Neven Subatic (Serbia):
This exceptionally talented young defender is one of the stars of Borussia Dortmund’s impressive side. At six-foot-four, he is a force to be reckoned with and his technical ability and composure on the ball set him aside from most players of his stature. Despite being born in Bosnia and also being eligible to play for the USA, he chose to represent Serbia on the world stage. One would imagine he is slightly regretting that decision at the moment…
CB- Nemanja Vidic (Serbia):
Having retired from international football in 2011 due to negative comments from fans and critics, Vidic would probably be quite keen to play in my team of misfits and get his chance to shine on the world stage. This former loyal servant of Manchester United will provide experience and assurity to a back three oozing with class.
CB- Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia):
The Chelsea hard man completes my trio of Serbian defenders. Even the best attackers in the world would struggle to dominate these three exceptional centre backs. It is a miracle that despite Serbia’s defensive prowess they conceded a whopping eleven goals in qualification.
LWB- Gareth Bale (Wales):
I’m not sure many people would agree with me that one of the world’s greatest attacking players should be playing left back. But I feel he is most dangerous making surging runs from deep and his outstanding physical attributes will provide excellent protection down the left hand side. The Welshman may feature in the World Cup one day but for now it would be great to see the Real Madrid wonder-boy play for the Misfits.
RWB- Seamus Coleman (Ireland):
Leyton Baines may steal the headlines at Everton but Seamus Coleman has been just as influential in the toffees’ success this season. His consistent performances, attacking runs and goal threat justify his selection in this team of global super stars.
CDM- Victor Wanyama (Kenya):
Wanyama became the first East African to play in the premier league when he signed for Southampton last summer. Amid rumours that he is to follow
Pochettino to Spurs, the Kenyan would start in my eleven. His power, a real presence and ability to read the play and making key interceptions would provide cover for the defence. Also known to make Yaya Toure esque runs through teams, the potential of this powerful player is clear for all to see.
RAM- Marek Hamsik (Slovakia):
The Slovakian captain was ranked the eighth best player in Europe by Bloomberg in 2013. Watching him play it’s not hard to see why. He has the rare ability to really ignite a game and is a real leader on the pitch. Despite having a difficult season with injury and Benitez, he would be one of the first names on my team sheet.
LAM- Nahri Sahin (Turkey):
This classy play-maker has arguably been the key to Borussia Dortmund’s success over the last couple of years. He is an excellent passer of the ball, has a fearsome left foot and does not shy away from his defensive duties. His creative talents make an excellent addition to any team.
ST- ZLATAN (Sweden):
The man needs to introduction. It is a travesty that his talents are not on display in the World Cup. I would use his absence from Brazil to argue for the creation of a team of Misfits such as mine.
ST- Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria):
Imagine a team with Ibrahimovic and Berbatov. I’m not sure a side could function with so much talent and so much attitude up front. But then again that’s what being a striker is all about. With the ability to score from almost any attacking situation these two footballing masters cap off an eleven that could compete with any side in the world. If only it could happen.
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