By Dan Treadway
May 23, 2014

via EA via EA

While this might not register with casual soccer fans, there are in fact many remarkably talented soccer players who aren't named Landon Donovan that also won't be appearing at the World Cup in Brazil this year.

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With this in mind, EA Sports -- creators of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil -- released this list of the 23 best players you won't see in action next month. Unlike Donovan's absence, the players on this team, which is headlined by forward Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, aren't in Brazil because they happen to be from a country that failed to qualify for the World Cup:

Starting XI

GK: Petr Čech – Chelsea FC (England) – Czech Republic

LB: Martin Olsson – Norwich City (England) – Sweden

CB: Mehdi Benatia – AS Roma (Italy) – Morocco

CB: Martin Skrtel – Liverpool (England) – Slovakia

RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton (England) – Rep. of Ireland

CM (CAM): Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Armenia

CM: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal (England) – Wales

CM (CAM): Mateusz Klich – PEC Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Poland

LW (CF): Gareth Bale – Real Madrid (Spain) – Wales

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain (France) – Sweden

RW: Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – Poland

On the Bench:

GK: Samir Handanović – Inter Milan (Italy) – Slovenia

GK: Kossi Agassa – Reims (France) – Togo

CB: Marko Basa – Lille (France) – Montenegro

CB: Cédric Mongongu – Evian (France) – France (sic)

RB: Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea (England) – Serbia

LB: Papa Souare – Lille (France) – Senegal

LM: Juan Arango – Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) – Venezuela

LM: Szabolc Huszti – Hannover (Germany) – Hungary

RM: Jefferson Farfán – Schalke 04 (Germany) – Peru

CM: Lasse Schöne – Ajax Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Denmark

ST: Alfred Finnbogason – Heerenveen (The Netherlands) – Iceland

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borrussia Dortmund (Germany) – Gabon

Contrary to what was listed by EA, Evian's Cédric Mongongu represents the Democratic Republic of Congo.



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