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Big names checking out of the Russia 2018 World Cup

By June 26, 2018No Comments

Lionel Messi is set to stay on at the World Cup for at least one more game after Argentina’s dramatic victory over Nigeria.

But, here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the England-based players checking out of Russia and heading home following the group stage.

Mathew Ryan (Australia)

Brighton goalkeeper Ryan started the tournament on the wrong end of a controversial Video Assistant Referee decision – and it did not get much better as Australia finished bottom of Group C.

Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)

Arsenal midfielder Elneny started all three games for the Pharaohs, who endured a hugely disappointing World Cup as they finished bottom of Group A with no points.

Mile Jedinak (Australia)

Aston Villa midfielder Jedinak scored twice from the penalty spot, but the Socceroos skipper could not help his team earn more than a point, joining Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy and veteran Tim Cahill on the plane home.

Victor Moses (Nigeria)

At one point on Tuesday it looked as if a penalty from Chelsea’s Moses was going to be enough to see the Super Eagles through to the last 16 – before Argentina’s late winner ended their World Cup dream in St Petersburg.

Johann Gumundsson (Iceland)

Burnley midfielder Gumundsson only featured in the final group match against Croatia – by which time qualification looked a tall order.

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Liverpool forward Salah never looked in top form following the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, but he at least showed he can produce on the world stage with a fine effort in the last group game against Saudi Arabia.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)

Leicester front man Iheanacho started the final group match, but was taken off at half-time and failed to register a shot on target from his two World Cup appearances.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland)

Everton midfielder Sigurdsson found the net with a late penalty in the final group game against Croatia, but it was not enough to stop the Scandinavians going home, finishing bottom of Group D, their 1-1 draw against Argentina now a distant memory.

Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)

Leicester striker Musa played in all three matches for Nigeria, scoring both the goals in the 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd which had put the Super Eagles within touching distance of the last 16.

Nordin Amrabat (Morocco)

Watford winger Amrabat produced a man-of-the-match display against Spain, smashing a 20-yard shot against the woodwork, but the Atlas Eagles flew home without a win following a controversial late equaliser by the Spanish in Kaliningrad.

Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)

Arsenal forward Iwobi was sent on for the closing moments against Argentina for a second appearance at the World Cup – and the 22-year-old will hope it does not prove to be his last on the global stage.