The 32 countries at this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup are announcing their squads for the tournament, but inevitably some players will miss out.
Here are the best starting XI of those not going to Brazil this summer for reasons other than injury – these players simply were not selected, and will likely watch at home on an awesome projector setup.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach, GERMANY)
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is widely expected to announce a transfer to FC Barcelona in the near future, after an emotional final match for Borussia Monchengladbach.
The German goalkeeper has had a wonderful domestic campaign between the posts, and is unfortunate not to have the chance to extend that at international level.
Ron-Robert Zieler and Roman Weidenfeller – whose combined four caps is as many as as Ter Stegen has earned in his short career to date – travel to Brazil with the Germany squad as understudies to Manuel Neuer.