Sure there are entire boards on Big Soccer dedicated to International matches and the world cup, but I don't care what other people on Big Soccer think about the world cup. I care about what YOU guys think! The idea to create a thread came to me when I realized that Haaland and obviously our own Odegaard would be missing out on the festivities. I wondered how that might impact them for the 2nd half of the season. With this one off winter world cup falling smack in the middle of most leagues that matter, the talk has mostly been about how it will impact player fatigue post-world cup. Below is my attempt to name the players in our squad that will miss out on the world cup, getting some much needed (but possibly too much?) rest in November / December: Players for nations that did not qualify: Odegaard - Norway Tierney - Scotland Zinchenko - Ukraine Elneny - Egypt Players that won't make their squads: Holding - England - Not good enough Smith Rowe - England - still injured, hopefully he'll be fresh as a daisy come January. we'll need him. Vieira - Portugal - Captain of the u23 team, but zero caps with the grown ups Lokonga - Belgium - only 1 cap, still young Marquinhos - Brazil - still young Martinelli - Brazil - Way too many attacking attacking options for Brazil Reiss Nelson - England - Not good enough Nketiah - England - still young Honestly, I don't follow International teams well enough to say which of our players will start for their teams, or which teams are likely to go deep into the tournament. But injuries and fatigue aside, the biggest story no one seems to be talking about is that I think this mid-season World Cup could be the most exciting World Cup ever, from a quality of play perspective. I mean, these guys should be in peak playing condition right now, not exhausted from enduring 9+ months of league play like every other World Cup.