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The Most Valuable XI With No Caps For Their National Teams

The Most Valuable XI With No Caps For Their National Teams

National team managers have to balance their squad decisions between the big name players and the players who best fit in their system and are on form, so who are the 'big names' who haven't yet got a call up?

A lot has been made in the past about Aymeric Laporte's lack of a debut for France. The Manchester City defender has had two call ups but neither has led to any match time, with the latest coming earlier this season just before he got injured.

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But who are the notable players yet to even be called up? Transfermarkt have put together an XI based on their highest valued players, and unsurprisingly French players still feature highly.

The no call up XI. Image: Reddit/Transfermarkt
The no call up XI. Image: Reddit/Transfermarkt

Laporte's lack of game time shows just how stacked the World champions are at the back, with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Barcelona's Clement Lenglet picked to start in the last game, so it's no wonder there's three French defenders in the team.

The RB Leipzig pair of Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano have started the season well, with only two teams in Bundesliga conceding fewer goals than Julian Nagelsmann's team.

Upamecano in particular has caught the eye of teams outside of Germany and Arsenal have been most heavily linked with the 20-year-old who currently has a £53 million release clause in his contract.

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Twenty three-year-old Abdou Diallo only joined PSG from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but he's already played eight times in Ligue 1 and once in the Champions League this season for the French champions.

Midfield has a more Spanish feel to it with Marc Roca and Marco Llorente hoping to find a way into a squad that can include the likes of Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez, Koke, Thiago Alcantara and Rodri, good luck chaps.

Two more Frenchman appear further forward in the talented number 10 Houssam Aour and West Ham's Sebastien Haller, who has started his time in England with four goals in seven games.

Brazil pair Rodrygo and Joelinton are also part of the attacking line. The Real Madrid winger signed for €45 million and has already scored in his one La Liga appearance, coming off the bench.

Rodrygo is the latest talented young Brazil forward at Real after Vinicius Junior. Image: PA Images
Rodrygo is the latest talented young Brazil forward at Real after Vinicius Junior. Image: PA Images

Joelinton seems further off an international call up, with just one goal in his opening eight league games for Newcastle United, since his move this summer.

Finally is Sessegnon. Some called for the youngster to be called up for England's World Cup squad in 2018 after an impressive season in the Championship for Fulham.

In a poor side last season in the top tier he struggled to make an impact for the Cottagers and he was relegated with them.

Since then he's moved to Spurs for £25 million, in the summer, but the 19-year-old is yet to make his debut for Mauricio Pochettino's side, partially because of injury.

Which player do you expect to get their call up first?

Topics: Football News, Ryan Sessegnon, Euro 2020, International Football, Premier League, England, West Ham, France, Newcastle United

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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