10 big names who won't be at Qatar WC


With 27 of the 32 teams set to compete at the 2022 FIFA World Cup confirmed, a number of top players will unfortunately not be taking part in the showpiece. Here are 10 big names who will miss out on the tournament!

After an enthralling night of qualifiers in Africa, the five teams set to represent CAF at Qatar 2022 have been confirmed, but that list is not without any shocks as Egypt and Nigeria are among the bigger sides who will miss the global tournament.

Scroll through the gallery above to see 10 big names who will unfortunately miss out on the Qatar World Cup

As a result, the Pharaohs' superstar Mohamed Salah will not be at the World Cup later this year, despite being in sensational form since the start of the season.

The 29-year-old is considered by many to be one of the finest players in the world right now, and came third in the voting for The Best FIFA Men's Player award in January.

Fellow African star Riyad Mahrez will also be watching from home as Algeria suffered a shock last-minute elimination at the hands of Cameroon, who hold the record for being the only nation from the continent that has qualified eight times for the World Cup.

It seems likely that veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be adding to his tournament appearances given his age, with his last showing in the competition coming in back in Germany in 2006. His country Sweden were knocked out of the running by Poland on Tuesday.

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Norwegian marksman Erling Haaland, meanwhile, will have to wait at least another four years to compete at football's grandest stage as his country will also not be making the trip to the Middle East in November this year.

Other high-profile absentees include Italy duo Jorginho and Marco Verratti – click through the gallery up top to see more big names who will sadly be missing from Qatar 2022!

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