10 World Football Players Who Should Be on Their National Teams
There are many footballers who deserve to be on their national teams, but are not.
I'm sure managers have their reasons why certain players are not called up. Certain players might not fit the team's style, while others may not get along with their fellow countrymen, or the manager.
There are dozens of reasons, I'm sure, but there are many players who should be on an international stage, nonetheless.
Some of the players in this slideshow have been called up before, but are not currently members and have not been for a while.
Here are 10 players who deserve to represent their national teams because their talent outweighs whatever reason their manager may have for not calling them up.
Javier Pastore has represented Argentina before, but it's been almost two years.
The Paris Saint-Germain F.C. player has played well in France, and can compete with just about any player that Alejandro Sabella calls up.
But he supposedly does not fit in with the Argentine system.
Pastore is a fantastic player and has been steadily improving.
No, Argentina does not need him, but he is a nice option to have.
He should be a regular call up for Sabella, but he isn't. That's too bad.
Pastore is one of the best Argentinian players right now.
Let's stick with the Argentine theme.
Erik Lamela is a young but extremely talented footballer. He has been capped once for Argentina. Once.
Yes, Argentina is loaded up front. There is simply no space for him to be a part of this team. But does he deserve to be? Yes.
He could be an option off the bench. Young players deserve to get a chance on their national teams.
My belief is that Lamela may have an attitude problem, and that's why Sabella does not want him on the team. Lamela may still be a bit immature.
But answer me this: is Ezequiel Lavezzi mature? No, but he is still represents Argentina.
This could just be my personal opinion, but I think Cristian Tello is one heck of a player.
He's fast, creative and scores spectacular goals.
To me, he's one of the best young Spanish footballers.
Shouldn't players who prove themselves domestically, be given a chance internationally?
I think so. It's fairly logical.
It's Spain, I know, but many other Spaniards are getting a chance on the national team, so why not the young ones as well?
It's not his time yet. I know it isn't.
Alvaro Morata hardly gets on the field for Real Madrid.
But should he get some playing time, Morata can be a great player.
He has shown flashes of brilliance in the little time he has seen the field.
Fernando Torres and David Villa are not prime strikers any longer, and Fernando Llorente is not either.
Sometime in the near future, Spain will turn to its younger players to start filling some voids, and Morata should be an option by then.
Okay, so, Cesar Azpilicueta doesn't actually belong on this list since he has been called up to the Spanish national team.
But it took them long enough.
Azpilicueta should have been on Spain far longer than he has been. His outstanding play at Chelsea is what really sealed his fate.
I shouldn't complain, though, since he's on Spain now, and deservedly so.
This is how it should be. A player does well, then gets rewarded with a cap on his national team.
Speaking of Chelsea, Ryan Bertrand has been solid at left-back when asked to step in for Ashley Cole.
He also plays midfield when called upon. It's been by far his best season for the Blues.
He should be a part of Roy Hodgson's setup.
Leighton Baines is currently the left-back behind Ashley Cole for England. Bertrand isn't as good as Baines yet, but he deserves to be a part of the team.
He will not be a regular starter for Hodgson for a while, but he can contribute.
He has proven that with Chelsea.
Stefan Kießling has played his best season yet for Bayer Leverkusen.
He is the Bundesliga's second leading scorer behind Robert Lewandowski.
He has represented Germany before, but that was about two years ago.
This could be his chance to get back on Joachim Low's squad.
Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez are the only two pure strikers that Low routinely calls up to his squad. Klose has been injured and has missed some games for Germany. Perhaps Kießling's form can squeeze him into the squad.
However, Low has many other forward options including Marco Reus and Mario Gotze, who can both play up front.
Kießling deserves to be on the squad, but the team might simply be too good for him right now.
Felipe Santana has never represented Brazil at any level. I didn't actually believe it when I researched it, but it's true.
I'm sure there is a good reason why he doesn't play on the Brazilian national team. Perhaps he is off the radar out there in Germany. I don't actually know.
It may also be because Santana doesn't play for Borussia Dortmund unless Neven Subotic or Mats Hummels are injured.
Since Hummels has been injured this season, Santana has seen a significant increase in playing time.
Brazil is only playing friendlies for the next year and a half leading up to the World Cup. It wouldn't be counter-productive to give Santana a chance.
I always knew it would be a mistake for Chelsea to get rid of Jack Cork. I always knew it.
Looking at his numbers from this past season, you probably think I am delusional for thinking that Cork can make England's squad.
But have you seen him play? He has a lot of potential.
You can stick him in central midfield or play him as a defender. Really, he can play just about anywhere you need him.
The current English midfield will see some changes in the near future.
It will not be long until Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard call time on their international careers. This could help Cork's cause.
Lorenzo Insigne is sometimes called the "new Messi". That's high praise.
Insigne has been capped by Italy once. However, the 5'4 Napoli man is more prevalent on the Under-21 circuit.
I expect that Cesare Prandelli has plans for Insigne in the near future, but wants him to lead the young Italians at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel for now.
Insigne already plays well domestically. If he performs well in Israel, he will earn more call-ups to the senior squad.