15 of the best players never to have played in the World Cup*

*Not including players who will likely play for the first time this year.

1. Eric Cantona

Soccer - European Championships 1992 - France v Denmark Source: EMPICS Sport

2. Liam Brady

Soccer - European Championship Qualifier - Group Seven - Ireland v Holland Source: EMPICS Sport

3. Samir Nasri

Soccer - International Friendly - France v Australia - Parc des Princes Source: Christophe Ena

4. Duncan Edwards

Soccer - Home International Championship - England v Scotland - England Training Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

5. John Giles

Soccer - Football League Division One - Leeds United Photocall Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

6. Ian Rush

Wales v RCS Source: EMPICS Sport

7. David Ginola

Soccer - France Source: EMPICS Sport

8. George Weah

Soccer - African Nations Cup Mali 2002 - Group A - Mali v Liberia Source: EMPICS Sport

9. George Best

Soccer - Home International Championship - Northern Ireland v England Source: EMPICS Sport

10. Gareth Bale

Soccer - International Friendly - Wales v Iceland - Cardiff City Stadium Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

11. Ryan Giggs


12. Alfredo Di Stefano

Crime - Kidnapping - Alfredo di Stefano - Caracas Source: AP/Press Association Images

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13. Jari Litmanen

Soccer ... Finland v France Source: Press Association Images

14. Laszlo Kubala 

Soccer - England v FIFA 'Rest of the Europe' - Wembley Stadium Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

15. Bernd Schuster 

Soccer - European Championship - Group One - West Germany v Holland Source: EMPICS Sport

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