The best XI of players not picked by their national teams this week – Chelsea and Barcelona stars included

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MF: Daniele Di Rossi – Italy

Along with Andrea Pirlo, the Roma enforcer is being phased out of La Squadra over the next 18 months, meaning he will miss the clash with England next week.

Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen

MF: Lars Bender – Germany

Following Sami Khedira’s return to fitness, the Leverkusen midfielder has had to make do with a reduced role with the World Cup winners.


MF: Ramires – Brazil

Despite his high work rate, Dunga has opted to overlook the Chelsea man as Brazil are blessed with an abundance of top class defensive midfielders. So much so that not even the likes of Lucas Leiva, Hernanes and Paulinho have been able to get in either.

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