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The Premier League stars that haven’t made the cut for the World Cup

Several big-name players are missing out in Russia this summer.

The Premier League stars that haven’t made the cut for the World Cup

Leroy Sane was a shock omission from Germany’s World Cup squad this week and he joins several big names in the Premier League looking at a summer break.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at a team of the Premier League stars missing out on a trip to Russia.

Joe Hart (England)

Joe Hart File Photo
Joe Hart was left out of England’s squad. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The 75-cap goalkeeper struggled during his loan spell at West Ham from Manchester City and was left out by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. Hart lost his place to Adrian at the Hammers and only made five Premier League appearances after Christmas and was overlooked for Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.

Chris Smalling (England)

Chelsea v Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup – Final – Wembley Stadium
Manchester United’s Chris Smalling is not a Gareth Southgate favourite. (John Walton/Empics)

He was ruthlessly dropped by Southgate in November with the England manager unconvinced Smalling could play the way he wanted. The defender made 29 top-flight appearances last season but helping Manchester United to second was not enough to change Southgate’s mind.

Aymeric Laporte (France)

Manchester City v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – Quarter Final – Second Leg – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte could not force his way into the France squad. (Nick Potts/PA)

A January move to Manchester City could not save the defender’s World Cup hopes and he is still yet to make his senior debut for France. Laporte was included in a squad for the qualifiers last September but failed to play and he will need to establish himself at the Etihad before making an international breakthrough.

David Luiz (Brazil)

Norwich City v Chelsea – FA Cup – Third Round – Carrow Road
Chelsea’s David Luiz will not add to his 56 Brazil caps this summer. (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Chelsea star has 56 caps for Brazil but was left out after missing the final three months of the season. Knee and ankle injuries blighted his campaign and he only managed to make 17 appearances in all competitions.

Marcos Alonso (Spain)

Chelsea v Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup – Final – Wembley Stadium
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso won the FA Cup but not a Spain call-up. (Adam Davy/Empics)

The left-back scored the most goals by a defender in the Premier League last season – seven – but it was not enough for him to gatecrash Spain’s squad. It was a poor season at Chelsea for most but Alonso remained a stand-out performer but he missed out to those with more international experience.

Leroy Sane (Germany)

Everton v Manchester City – Premier League – Goodison Park
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane shone last season. (Nigel French/Empics)

The winger was a surprise absentee from Germany’s squad despite having helped Manchester City to a record-breaking Premier League title. Sane won the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year award and scored 14 goals and assisted 19 in all competitions but was still overlooked.

Cesc Fabregas (Spain)

Chelsea v Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup – Final – Wembley Stadium
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas is not celebrating a Spain call-up. (Adam Davy/Empics)

Two European Championship titles and a World Cup win in 2010 are not enough to see Fabregas make the Spain squad. He played 49 times for Chelsea last season but gets a summer off this year.

Anthony Martial (France)

Burnley v Manchester United – Premier League – Turf Moor
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial scored nine goals in 18 Premier League starts. (Richard Sellers/Empics)

He remains on standby for France so could still make it to Russia after an inconsistent season with Manchester United. He started 18 times in the Premier League and scored nine top-flight goals but his strike-rate could not help him this time.

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal v Burnley – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
There was World Cup frustration for France’s Alexandre Lacazette (John Walton/Empics)

Arsenal’s big-money buy last summer is, likely Martial, on France’s standby list but that was not the plan when he moved to the Premier League for nearly £50million. The 27-year-old scored 17 goals in his debut season in England but has not played for France since November.

Alvaro Morata (Spain)

Chelsea v Southampton – Emirates FA Cup – Semi Final – Wembley Stadium
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata struggled for goals in 2018. (Nick Potts/PA)

The third Chelsea player to miss Spain’s plane to Russia, underlining the underwhelming season at Stamford Bridge. He started the season well after a £60million move from Real Madrid, scoring eight times in his first nine games, but the goals dried up and he managed just three in 2018.

Christian Benteke (Belgium)

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth – Premier League – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke scored just three times last season. (Scott Heavey/PA)

He moved to Crystal Palace from Liverpool for £27million in 2016 to reignite his career but last season was a struggle. Just three goals in 31 games was a meagre return and there were no surprises when he was left out by Roberto Martinez.

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