World Cup 2014: The 'Missed the Plane to Brazil' Dream XI

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World Cup 2014: The 'Missed the Plane to Brazil' Dream XI
ERIK MARTENSSON/Associated Press

With 2014's rendition of the World Cup less than one week away, football fans are feeling similar to hyenas in The Lion King—starved.

2015's summer schedule offers little to feed the greedy masses but we will cross that bridge when the time arrives. Thankfully, however, 2014 offers football's tournament of tournaments to make gluttons of even the most deprived souls walking amongst us.

Even as that fact remains, there is one melancholic caveat: Some players we would love to see grace Brazilian pitches are unable to take part in football's greatest spectacle.

It can become rather depressing focusing on the talismanic names whose shirts will not be swapped, whose international annals will be missing a chapter, but such is life when only 32 teams reach the final and 23-man squads are mandatory.

In the following slides we will—with great condolence—compile the best starting XI who failed to board a national team plane bound for Brazil.

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