This is the list of the Top Five of who should/who should not be at the World Cup.
Five who should not be at the World Cup and Five who should be at the World Cup.
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Sidney Govou, a man on a mission to ruin Domenech’s World Cup, if the Coach doesn’t ruin it himself.
How Govou made it onto the pitch in France’s opening game of the tournament, replacing players such as Samir Nasri (who didn’t make it to the squad), and Florent Malouda (who sat and watched
Govou from the bench for most of the game) is absolutely beyond us.
Domenech’s ineptitude knows no bounds, as we could all see when Gignac came on to play on the right over Malouda, who played in the centre. Govou as a striker has scored 10 goals for his country in nearly fifty appearances. Picked over Karim Benzema, a much better talent.
There is no question that Govou was once a great player, but at his current age he doesn’t really fit in with the general play of the French team.
English foward Agbonlahor is the first unlucky non-pick on this list because he is simply better than many of the English strikers who ended up going to the World Cup.
After an absolutely sparkling performance against Germany on an international level, which received high praise from then-captain John Terry, he was very unlucky not to make the squad.
A speed demon, Gabriel Agbonlahor would have been able to apply pressure on England’s opponents that certain other players (Emile Heskey) have proven they cannot. It can be seen already from the strong defensive performances being shown in the current World Cup that Agbonlahor’s speed would be of substantial value to the English.
Admittedly he did not have his best season for Villa but did have a strong goal scoring run of four goals in four games in Villa’s quest for a top four finish.
If Capello was able unlock this goal-scoring ability, then Agbonlahor would’ve been a real threat in this World Cup had he brought him.
Undoubtedly you will recognise this player's name, but on the off chance you don’t he’s North Korea’s third choice goalkeeper.
Why should he not be at the World Cup? Well for one, he’s not a goalkeeper.
Confused? This was North Korea’s attempt at bolstering attack options leading into a group which has been called “The group of death.“ This group also features Ivory Coast, Portugal, and Brazil, so to stand a change at scoring against these Goliaths, North Korea attempted to smuggle in another striker in the guise of a goalkeeper.
However, this didn’t go unnoticed by FIFA, who proclaimed Kim Myong-Won would have to play in net or nowhere at all. Unfortunately as Kim isn’t an actual goalkeeper, this means that he wont see any action the whole World Cup, meaning the only thing he’ll be keeping is a warm spot on the bench.
According to the FIFA website France have seven forwards and only five midfielders.
This is of course not truly representative, but it still wouldn’t have hurt to throw in another central attacking midfield player alongside Diaby, Diarra, and Toulalan, who all prefer to play further back the pitch. Nasri can also play up either of the wings, making him an extremely versatile substitute. He certainly should have been taken over Govou and Valbuena.
Do you know who Valbuena is? He’d be on the list if Govou hadn’t missed that shot against Uruguay.
I digress, this is about Nasri, who really should be on the French team, another poor choice by Domenech. Domenech’s decision should come under special scrutiny because Nasri had a great season for Arsenal coming off of a fairly long absence due to injury and scoring in a rather spectacular fashion in the Champions League, scoring one of the tournament's best goals.
Although he isn’t a bad player, he is England's third choice right winger and England really don’t need three right wingers.
He’s a player who managed to devalue himself by 14 million pounds in his years at Chelsea, and he offers absolutely nothing that Lennon doesn’t have and more. There's a case that Theo Walcott should have gone in his place, but we don’t believe the place should even exist in the team.
He was completely uninspiring against the USA and the game against Algeria only proves that Wright Phillips does not add any more to the team than Lennon has, Wright-Phillips came on for Lennon in the second half and did one thing decent and that was deciding not to cut inside on his first touch of the ball, which Lennon had been doing unsuccessfully throughout the game.
Zanetti is a great right back and central midfielder and has been long since established as one of Argentina’s finest full backs.
Even after his central midfield role for Inter Milan in the Serie A and Champions League, Zanetti has proven that his versatility could be of great value to any team. It was fairly questionable for Maradona to leave out this fine player because undoubtedly the experience of Zanetti would have been greatly appreciated by a fairly inexperienced Argentine team (in World Cup terms).
Taking the captain’s armband in Milan in 1999, he would have also have made a great captain to lead the Argentines to the Final. Maradona’s “Hand of God” strikes again.
Why? Just Why? He’s the third choice striker for Aston Villa, whose first choice striker is Agbonlahor.
Surely any sane man on the face of the earth realises a first choice striker is better than a third choice striker.
Emile William “I’ll break my own captain's leg and then miss prolifically” Ivanhoe Heskey is the World Cup’s big joke (literally). Every radio host, teenage boy, and publican in England bemoan when Heskey is consistently chosen before other much better strikers.
We in the countries which surround England simply laugh at him constantly and wait for him to mess up England’s chances with the clumsiest feet in football. Some football pundits have suggested that if Capello was to stick a Heskey shaped stick in the ground then it would roughly do the same job that Heskey does, that would be standing about for prolonged periods of time and at times heading the ball if it is at exactly the right height for him.
Heskey has already left England with King, a man whose injuries are too severe for him to have a kick-about with his son,and even now he is injured. This is also the man who’s made it into England's starting 11—we’re thinking he must be threatening to break England’s World Cup chances as well.
Another player who, like Zanetti, was not included by Maradona, despite massive success.
Cambiasso spent the last season as a first choice central midfielder for Inter Milan, a team who won the UEFA Champions League convincingly. If any event is a precursor to selection for the World Cup it is usually the Champions league.
Cambiasso is one of the best central defensive midfielders in the world, at the very worst top two, and the fact that he was not included in the Argentinian team is an absolute travesty. The mediocre midfielders whom Maradona has brought in his place only serve as a slap in the face of Cambiasso. Not to mention how he was also his captain.
Some would argue that Mascherano and Cambiasso together would not be required for a team with such attacking flare as the Argentinians, but he could have served as a more than adequate replacement.
"HANDBALL!!" That famous shout every Irishman called out as Thierry Henry dashed the hopes of a nation.
France should not be at the World Cup. Fact.
The French cheated their way to the World Cup by destroying Ireland’s hopes with a much more mightier hand than that one of Diego Maradona.
Thierry Henry, in a most unprofessional fashion, hand-balled the ball in the box when Ireland played France in a World Cup qualifier playoff. Having handled the ball past Shay Given to allow William Gallas to score, Thierry Henry quickly found himself as the most hated thing by Irish people since the Blight which ruined their potatoes.
Some would argue that if Ireland had been better then they would have scored again to secure a World Cup place. But they would not have had to if France had played fairly.
France should not be at the World Cup. They didn’t earn it and their performances show that they should not be there, because frankly they and their coach are not good enough.
Really? Really? You took Valbuena and Govou over one of the world’s most hotly tipped strikers?
This is Karim Benzema, you must be mistaking him for someone who isn’t easily the best striker from France.
You can’t win the World Cup with your band of geriatric strikers. Domenech. Henry’s past it, Anelka doesn’t score anymore, and the rest straight up aren’t good enough to be at a World Cup.
Your solution was obvious: a fantastically talented early-twenties player who plays for one of the best teams in the world.
Domenech should take a page from Germany’s book and bring players who have proven they are good enough before at any level. Germany brought Miroslav Klose and Lucas Podolski to the World Cup even though they only scored five goals between them at club level this season.
Who cares about his play time? Any other manager at the World Cup would give his left one to have Benzema on his team. You couldn’t score against Uruguay, good luck scoring against teams like Spain or Germany. We predict an early trip home for the French.
This is the top person for us. Benzema should be there simply because he is better than France's other strikers. This is why he is the top person who hasn’t made it to the World Cup.
There are a number who we wanted to pick that couldn’t fit into the Top Five, but really deserve a mention:
SHOULD NOT BE AT THE WORLD CUP- Raymond Domenech, if your performances against Ireland in qualification, Uruguay, and Mexico are anything to go by, you’ve gone mad and are about to ruin a really good French side’s chances by playing players in the wrong place and not putting on your best striker.
SHOULD BE AT THE WORLD CUP- Darren Bent- We thought he didn’t deserve to go as much as Agbonlahor and having three English strikers on a list was too much. Along with the included Agbonlahor, a very plausible replacement for the terrifically bad Emile Heskey. But it is hard to believe that Capello did not select the second highest English goalscorer in the Premier League.
SHOULD BE AT THE WORLD CUP- Ireland. Thanks France, for cheating and making a better team with a better manager stay at home in Ireland in June.