Updated: 05/28/2018 08:46 AM | First Published: 05/28/2018 08:41 AM

Players you won't believe are not in the World Cup 2018

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Few weeks remain for the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2018 to be held in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

32 teams consisting of 23 of their best football players will take part in this quadrennial tournament.

But despite their good form and goal count this season, some of the most well-known players are left behind this year.

Here’s a list of famous football players who are in their country’s lineup in the World Cup 2018 

Joe Hart:

Position: Goalkeeper             Country: England

Club: West Ham United  

Total Appearances: 23 Minutes Played: 2,100

Goals Conceded: 42 Clean Sheets: 6

Sergi  Roberto:

Position:Right Back Country: Spain

Club: FC Barcelona

Total Appearances: 48 Minutes Played: 3,439

Goals: 1 Assists: 8

Chris Smalling:

Position: Centre Back Country: England

Club: Manchester United

Total Appearances:46 Minutes Played: 3,975

Goals: 4

Javi Martinez:

Position: Defensive Midfield Country: Spain

Club: Bayern Munich

Total Appearances: 37 Minutes Played: 2,738

Goals: 2 Assists: 1

Marcos Alonso:

Position: Left Back Country: Spain 

Club: Chelsea

Total Appearances: 46 Minutes Played: 4,017

Goals: 8 Assists: 4

Radja Nainggolan:

Position:Central Midfield Country: Belgium

Club: AS Roma

Total Appearances: 42 Minutes Played: 3,580

Goals: 6 Assists: 11

Mario Gotze:

Position: Attacking Midfield Country: Germany 

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Total Appearances: 32 Minutes Played: 2,202

Goals: 2 Assists: 7

Mauro Icardi:

Position: Centre  Forward Country: Argentina 

Club: Inter Milan

Total Appearances:36 Minutes Played: 3,130

Goals: 29 Assists: 1

Jack Wilshere:

Position: Central Midfield Country: England

Club: Arsenal

Total Appearances: 40 Minutes Played: 2,795

Goals: 2 Assists: 7

Anthony Martial:

Position: Left Wing Country: France 

Club: Manchester United

Total Appearances: 45 Minutes Played: 2,337

Goals: 11 Assists: 9

Alexandre Lacazette:

Position: Centre Forward Country: France

Club: Arsenal

Total Appearances: 39 Minutes Played: 2,758

Goals: 17 Assists: 5