A Look at 15 Players who Might Just Miss out on the Plane for the 2018 World Cup

The most popular sporting event in the world is less than 100 days away and we cant wait for it to commence can we? 

Watching some of the best players grace the field for their national team with pride and honor is a sight to behold for all the fans. While superstars from Italy, Netherlands and Chile will be missing, there are a few star players from the countries who might just end up sitting in their home watching the television while their fellow countrymen play if they don't improve their game drastically.

So, here is a list of 15 players who are at a risk of not being called up for their national teams for the 2018 World Cup set to take place in Russia.

1. Ousmane Dembele

The Frenchman arrived at Camp Nou amidst much fan fare following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but his development hasn't gone as per plan. Dembele has been sporadically used by boss Ernesto Valverde mainly due to the injury concerns. Even when fully fit he has not been given a nod to start the games for Barcelona. 

With very less game time under his belt this season he risks being excluded from the French national team and with cut throat competition for the attackers slot, Dembele must drastically improve his form to get a call for the World Cup. 

2. Laurent Koscielny

Another Frenchman who risks being excluded from the national team is Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny. With Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti doing so well for the two La Liga giants, its difficult to see Koscielny start for France come the World Cup. 

With young Aymeric Laporte doing well under Pep Guardiola, Koscielny must put in a string of impressive performances to catch the flight to Russia. 

3. Tiemoue Bakayako

The last Frenchman on our list is Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko. Having played a crucial role in AS Monaco's most fruitful campaign (in recent years), the young French midfielder was expected to put in similar kind of performances for the Stamford Bridge outfit but he's failed to impress thus far. 

Brought in as a direct replacement for Nemanja Matic, Bakayoko has had a very disappointing season so far and just like at Chelsea he is at the risk of missing out the action for French national team. 

4. David Luiz

The rise of Andreas Christensen has been one of the major reasons for David Luiz being frozen out of action at Chelsea. Even when the Brazilian has played he has been shambolic and needs some minutes under his belt to represent the Samba boys at the World Cup. 

He has lost his starting place to Marquinhos and now his hopes of making it to the World Cup even as a substitute are slim. 

5. Douglas Costa

The electric Brazilian has not has a bad campaign thus far, but the sheer fact that he will have to compete with the likes of Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar makes it very difficult case for him. 

Things could get worse for him if the likes of Lucas Moura, Rafinha and Anderson Talisca put in eye catching performances for their respective clubs. Douglas Costa will have to take his game to the next level if he's to be considered good enough by Tite to take him to Russia.  

6. Alvaro Morata

Having scored just 12 goals from 36 matches, Alvaro Morata has clearly been struggling for the Blues. Deemed not good enough to start in big games by boss Antonio Conte, the Spaniard must find his scoring boots soon as the competition for the strikers spot is high with the likes of Diego Costa and Iago Aspas also fancying their chances. 

7. Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has been performing well for Arsenal recently but that's not enough for him if he expects a call for the World Cup from Gareth Southgate. With a big pool of midfielders to choose from, the Englishman must put in a string of eye catching performances and make some match winning contribution to represent England at the World Cup.

8. Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana was Jurgen Kloop's most important man until injury stuck him and he has found it difficult to break into the starting XI since his return from injury. There's no doubting his qualities and technique, given the number of minutes under his belt and his impact in those short appearances it's unlikely as of now to see the Liverpool midfielder make a cut.

He must impress the German in the training and break into the starting XI ahead of Emre Can and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain to have a chance to represent England.

9. Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini has never really established himself at Manchester United has he ??

The tall Belgian must must take is game to another level if he if fancies to see his name in the squad that is going to Russia. He is currently not good enough to even start the game in the absence of Paul Pogba and must really work hard to get a national team call up.

10. Andre Gomes

Unlike many in the list, Andre Gomes has got his fair share of chances to prove himself but has failed to grab even a single chance. The Portuguese midfielder seems to be a shadow of what he was at Valencia. 

His confidence has clearly been shaken and must put in some good performances to regain his spot for both club and country.

11. Mario Gotze

Germany's darling and golden boy Mario Gotze's career has gone downwards ever since he moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund. Even a return to his former club doesn't seem to be working for him. 

Dortmund have been poor but his performances haven't inspired either. With Germany having plethora of talent in the attacking department, seeing Gotze feature for his national country this time around is very difficult. 

12. Marco Reus

From being counted as one of the best players on the planet 2013 to being ignored for the Euro 2016 Championships, Reus career has been a very unfortunate one. Injuries have always stuck him at the wrong time and hopefully he will be fully fit for the World Cup this time around. 

He has been in excellent form since his return from injury scoring three times in five games for Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga. The 28-year-old must keep himself injury free and continue his impressive form if he is to get a call for the World Cup.

13. Radja Nainggolan

The only player on the list who might miss out on playing in the World cup not for his bad form or insufficient game time but for his attitude and behavior. His open criticism of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez's decisions and his smoking habits have not gone done well with the former Everton man.

As Martinez has shown before he is not scared to drop one of the most famous Belgian players. Nainggolan can still make it to Russia if he apologizes for his actions and quits smoking, temporarily at least.

14. Joe Hart

From being considered a legend at Manchester City to warming benches at West Ham United, the England international's chances of making it to Russia to represent his country seem bleak.

The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City effectively ended his City career and was the beginning of the downfall of his career. Hart must do something miraculous to get a call from Gareth Southgate.

15. Nathaniel Clyne

The Englishman is yet to play a competitive game this season and his chances of representing England are almost over. If he does manage to regain form which made the media link him with a move to FC Barcelona, he might still have a chance to play in the World Cup.