West Ham have a squad filled with top-class internationals now, but not all of them will be heading out to Qatar for the World Cup this winter.
David Moyes has brought seven fully fledged internationals into the club this summer but three of those new signings definitely won’t be flying out to the Middle East in November.
The likes of Lucas Paqueta, Thilo Kehrer, Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola will surely all be heading out to Qatar with the Brazil, Germany, Morocco and France national teams respectively.
There will be some truly elite players left at home in East London watching from their television screens, however.
7 best West Ham players who’ll not be going to the World Cup in Qatar
Moyes will secretly be happy that some of his best players are set for up to six weeks rest from Premier League action this winter.
Here are the best West Ham players who will miss out on all the fun in Qatar this winter…
The 23-year-old was signed from Sassuolo this summer. Huge things are expected of him at West Ham but unfortunately for him, he won’t be making a name for himself at the World Cup in Qatar with Italy.
Just like Scamacca, Emerson will remain in East London, after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second consecutive time.
Another Italian on the list. Oggy has only just returned to action having missed three quarters of last season with an ACL injury. Even if Italy had qualified for the World Cup, the 34-year-old Hammers centre-back may have found it hard to force his way into Roberto Mancini’s squad. Ogbonna certainly would have had a chance of doing so though.
The Ivory Coast international joined West Ham this summer from Burnley. Unfortunately for him, he won’t be going to Qatar after the Ivorians lost out to Cameroon in November and subsequently missed out on a play-off spot.
Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal
The Czech mates unfortunately won’t be part of football’s showpiece event this summer, with the Czech Republic having lost to Sweden in the play-offs. In all fairness though, and purely from a selfish perspective, four or five weeks rest for both players will do them the world of good.
The 27-year-old winger is the final name on our list. He won’t be playing in the World Cup in Qatar with Algeria after his country lost their play-off tie against Cameroon earlier this year.
That’s a really talented group of players who won’t be strutting their stuff on the world’s biggest stage this summer.
That’s a huge shame for them from a personal perspective.
From West Ham’s point of view though, having so many key players who won’t be traveling out to Qatar for the World Cup in the middle of a Premier League campaign is actually a very good thing.