These are crucial days for world football. Each and every team at Brazil 2014 have just announced their squad lists and, frankly, I was surprised by several important names that won’t be present at the showpiece event.
Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez decided not to call Sebastian Abreu, risking accusations of being crazy for leaving out El Loco.
The France manager Didier Deschamps excluded Samir Nasri despite his title-winning form for Manchester City in the Premier League.
Cesare Prandelli determined Pablo Daniel Osvaldo will not be part of his Italy set-up, but has called up
inexperienced Argentine defender Gabriel Paletta to his provisional squad despite him only being capped once in a friendly.
What happened with Alejandro Sabella’s list? The Argentina trainer (above) had space for a few surprises. Martín Demichelis, who has put in some terrific performances for Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City, earned a place and he could still sneak into the 23-man line-up.
Carlos Tevez saw his hopes dashed and he will be left to watch the games on television. It’s a real shame for those who enjoy the Juventus striker’s wonderful talent.
We’ll have to be satisfied instead with Franco Di Santo’s call-up. The former Chelsea striker, who currently plays for Werder Bremen, is not expected to make the final cut though.
On June 2, when every country must submit their 23 players, we will all know the truth. For me, that is the day that the World Cup begins.