As we have all gathered, some of the world's best players will be missing from Brazil next year, as [most of] the world's best compete for World Cup glory. But, what kind of team could be made from the ones that are left watching the action unfold from their living rooms?

Playing a 4-3-1-2 formation:


Petr Cech - The Czech Republic 'keeper may be past his best but he's still up there with the best of the Premier League and that makes him the 'number one' for this team. He narrowly gets into the side ahead of Arsenal's improving Polish stopper, Wojciech Szczesny.


David Alaba - Bayern Munich's young Austrian already has 30 caps for his country at the tender age of just 21 and also has a starting spot in Pep Guardiola's side. You don't get that without the serious quality which Alaba so clearly displays.


Branislav Ivanovic - The Serbian defender has established a starting place in a quality Chelsea squad after his conversion from his natural centre-back position.


Neven Subotic - The Borussia Dortmund man - also a Serb - has thoroughly earned his place in this exclusive XI after a superb season accompanying Mats Hummels at the back.


Nemanja Vidic - The temptation to put another Serb in this team just couldn't be resisted as the Manchester United captain's towering height, leadership and experience is essential for any team. Despite being slightly off form due to injuries, he gets in ahead of Daniel Agger.


Aaron Ramsey - The Welsh midfielder's stunning form this season cannot be ignored as Ramsay has brought goals, consistency and, for the first time, a bit of quality to his game.


Marek Hamsik - Napoli's Slovakian attacking midfielder will be forced to play a deeper role in this team but his quality will still shine through as, with his skill on the ball, passing and thundering shooting, he can dominate this midfield.


Christian Eriksen - Tottenham Hotspur's Danish Player of the Year is already nearing a half century of caps for his nation at just 21. The playmaker earns his place in this competitive midfield with his pace, skill and range of passing.

Free role

Gareth Bale - A no brainer, really. The Welsh Galactico is the world's most expensive footballer after signing for Los Blancos last summer. We could sit here and list all of his attributes but we'd be here for days. The fact is, he is one of the world's best.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic  - The larger-than-life Swede is always in the headlines and its usually for his immense footballing ability. Any goalkeeper on this planet would struggle to keep out one of Zlatan's pile-driving shots and you'd be searching for a long time to find a centre-back who could put up with his pace, strength and height.


Robert Lewandowski - The second Borussia Dortmund player in the team - and for good reason. The Pole is their figurehead and has lead the line for the past few seasons and nearly lead them to European glory in May. He is the complete striker and a born goal scorer.


Wojciech Szczesny - Arsenal's improving goalkeeper's form this season earns him a place on the plane but his proneness to errors puts him behind the experience of Cech.

Daniel Agger - A quality defender but not quite at the level required for competing for the top international trophies.

Yevhen Konoplyanka - The Ukrainian midfielder / winger almost singlehandedly carried his team to the World Cup play-offs but after defeat to France, the Dnipro youngster's skill, blistering pace and powerful shots will not see the World Cup next year.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Armenia's claim to fame is starting to establish himself at Dortmund but he's still not quite at the level of his attacking comrades; Lewandowski and Marco Reus.

Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham's Icelandic midfielder has shown brilliance this season in the Premier League but he has periods of complete ineffectiveness every now and then.

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