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FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 big names who will miss the tournament

The qualification round has thrown a few surprises we look at some of the top players who won't feature in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final
FIFA World Cup

As we all breathe easy after watching Messi and Co. qualify for the World Cup, there have been quite a few shocks as a few top sides have failed to make it to Russia. There have been some big eliminations already and the qualification stage isn't over yet.

Netherlands, Chile, Wales, Cameroon and the Czech Republic won't be playing in Russia while Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Switzerland have to go through the playoffs. While the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez, Griezmann will feature in Russia, some big names will miss the chance to play in the World Cup.

Here are 5 superstars who will miss Russia 2018:


#5 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Republic of Ireland v Armenia - EURO 2012 Qualifier
Mkhitaryan in action for Armenia

Armenia had a very disappointing qualifying campaign as they finished 5th in their qualifying group. Manchester United fans around the world were left disappointed as they will not be able to see their star attacker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in Russia.

His sensational form for Borussia Dortmund saw him move to England in 2016 and after a tough start, he is now an indispensable part of the United attack. Mkhitaryan has the uncanny knack of producing great passes and through balls. His understanding with his teammates has seen him muster five assists so far this season.

The man with the nickname "Micky", scores some crazy goals and is a popular player in world football. It is sad that we will not be able to see any of the Micky magic in Russia.

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