The identity of the teams that will be hopping on a plane to Brazil next summer are almost decided – there is only a single qualifier left and a few playoffs left to decide.
Two-legged qualification playoffs are notoriously difficult games and it is quite possible that one or more of the supposedly leading international teams, with a host of Europe’s top players, could crash out at the final stage.
The likes of Spain, Argentina, Holland and Germany are already confirmed to be joining hosts Brazil and their saviour Neymar when the tournament kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12.
However, Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi might not be sharing the stage with some of the world’s other top players.
GMS have picked out five of the leading players that could fall foul of an embarrassing failure to make the final step and secure their place at the biggest event in world football.
Click on to see who they are...
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