9 Great Players Who Never Called The National Team

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1NEWS – September 2021 opened with a number of international matches between countries, especially the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Even in the atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic which was not yet fully over, many matches were successfully held.

For all professional footballers around the world, representing the country in FIFA-flagged matches is a dream come true. Playing for the national team is the pinnacle of every player’s career. They will exert all their energy in club matches so that they can be elected to defend the country.

Uniquely, not all players are lucky to defend their beloved country. Some of the world’s top footballers have missed this golden opportunity. Either because of injury, intense competition, or non-technical factors that make the national team coach turn away.

Here are nine great footballers who never got a call-up to the national team:

1. Mikel Arteta (Spain)

Arteta was born in the same era as great midfielders like Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso or Andres Iniesta. Despite being a La Masia graduate, the man who is now in charge of Arsenal has had bad luck.

2. Paolo di Canio (Italy)

There are two things that make Di Canio never enter the Italian squad. First, because of the many attacking talents available at that time such as Luca Toni, Cristian Vieri, Filippo Inzaghi, Alberto Gilardino, Alessandro del Piero, or Francesco Totti. Second, his controversial attitude, especially the fascist political views that football does not like.

3. Steve Bruce (England)

Bruce has made over 400 appearances for Manchester United. Presenting three league titles, three FA Cups, one European Super Cup, one appearance for England B. But, praying zero caps for the England senior national team. No one knows the reason.

4. John McGovern (Scotland)

Scottish football was certainly much stronger in the 1970s and 1980s. But, it seems inconceivable that a player who captained Nottingham Forest to back-to-back Champions League wins failed to feature for his country.

Surprisingly, McGovern was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

5. Carlo Cudicini (Italy)

Cudicini is one of several great Italian goalkeepers who it is a shame to have to contend with Gianluigi Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi, Francesco Toldo and many other great goalkeepers.

Cudicini was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League during his career at Chelsea in the early 2000s. However, he only got one call-up for Italy U-21.

6. Stefan Klos (Germany)

Like Italy, Germany is also famous for its wealth of goalkeeper talent. Klos’ misfortune is a prime example. Spent eight years at Borussia Dortmund and Glasgow Rangers, Klos won 13 major trophies, including the 1996/1997 Champions League. However, he had to settle for two German U-23 caps due to the presence of Oliver Kahn and Andreas Koepke.

7. Steed Malbranque (France)

Malbranque has been a strong favorite in the Premier League during his spells with Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland. In fact, former British PM, Tony Blair, loves him. The midfielder earned two calls to the France squad eight years apart. However, he failed to enter the field.

8. Mario de Castro (Brazil)

De Castro is a great footballer that you have never heard of. De Castro played professional football for only five years, scoring 195 goals in 100 appearances for Atletico Mineiro. The striker was called up to the Brazil squad once, but declined as he was only a substitute for Carvalho Leite from Botafogo.

De Castro retired in 1931 at the age of 26 after winning the Campeonato Mineiro. His four second-half goals against Villa Nova completed his comeback from 0-3 down. However, an opposing fan was killed after being shot by an Atletico director, prompting the striker to resign.

9. Dario Hubner (Italy)

Hubner’s father is German, but the striker has always wanted to represent Italy, who was born and raised in that country. Despite scoring over 250 league goals, he was always overlooked by the Gli Azzurri. That’s because Italy has Del Piero, Totti, Inzaghi, Toni, to Vieri. His fate is more or less the same as Di Canio.

(diaz alvioriki/you)

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