Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri and the 20 Most Notable World Cup Squad Absentees

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Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri and the 20 Most Notable World Cup Squad Absentees
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When he announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup and didn’t call Ashley Cole’s name, England manager Roy Hodgson remarked that omitting the Chelsea left-back had been “one of the hardest” decisions of his career, as per The Independent.

No doubt many of Hodgson’s peers found themselves in similar positions as they selected their rosters for Brazil, and in the following slideshow, we’ll highlight the 20 most notable absentees from the teams revealed in recent days.

All five of the FIFA confederations represented in the tournament are included in our rankings, which begins with a veteran Socceroo and concludes with an iconic Canarinho.

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