World Cup woe: Ten top players who will miss football's biggest tournament

Peru qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, becoming the last team to make the list of 32. FourFourTwo lists ten footballing superstars who have not been so lucky with their national sides and will miss out on the trip to Russia next year... 

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Arjen Robben – Netherlands

The experienced winger announced his retirement from international football after Netherlands failed to qualify for Russia last week.

They finished third in their group, on par with second-placed Sweden but losing out on a vastly inferior goal difference.

Robben featured for the Netherlands in three Euros and three World Cups.

Robben made his debut for Oranje in 2003 when they played Portugal in a friendly, and has since starred for them in three European Championships and three World Cups.

The 33-year-old's signature move of cutting in from the right flank on his left foot and hammering in a goal-bound curler will be sadly missed in Russia...

Gianluigi Buffon – Italy

Arguably one of the best goalkeepers in history, Buffon has already represented Italy at a whopping five World Cups, his safe hands lifting one in 2006.

But he will not feature in another nor represent Italy in any other international competition as well - after announcing his retirement following the 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden in the playoffs on Tuesday.

Buffon wasn't the only one in tears after Italy's hopes of making the World Cup dissippated and the failure to qualify saw coach Gian Piero Ventura sacked - though it will be scant consolation for the Azzuri fans.

Alexis Sanchez – Chile

The wantaway Arsenal playmaker failed to carry Chile into the inter-confederation play-offs from the CONMEBOL qualification stages, despite playing all matches and scoring seven in the process.

La Roja finished sixth in the group and were edged by Peru to the play-off spot on goal difference - just two goals.

While the Chilean may be able to swap the Gunners for another team soon, he sadly can't do the same for his national side.

Arturo Vidal

Sanchez isn't the only the only Arsenal player to make this list, as Bayern Munich man Arturo Vidal also suffered the heartbreak of Chile missing out on the tournament.

But unlike his club mate Robben, Vidal has decided against retiring from international duty - taking to social media to reassure fans that he will continue to heed the call to represent La Roja in the future.

Jan Oblak – Slovenia

Voted the La Liga's best goalkeeper in 2015-2016, the 24-year-old will have to wait another four years to get some World Cup action as Slovenia lost to England and drew with Scotland to finish fourth in their group and effectively end their qualification campaign.

Oblak has yet to feature in the World Cup as the last time Slovenia qualified was in 2010, when Samir Handanovic was the first choice.

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