Updated and complete list of Barcelona players to watch out for in the Russia 2018 World Cup
The list of all the players from Barcelona that would be representing their national teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has finally been complete with the qualification of Croatia.
Ivan Rakitic now joins the long list of Barcelona stars gearing up for the next summer showpiece. And as many as 22 players from the team could feature in the competition if they are selected.
Croatia qualified after beating Greece 4-1 on aggregate in the playoff.
Spain finished 1st in their UEFA Group G
Seven (7) Barcelona players helped Spain qualify through the qualifiers; Andres Iniesta (6 apearances), Jordia Alba (9 apps), Sergio Busquets (9 apps), Gerard Pique (8), Duelofeu (1) Paco Alcacer failed to play a game during the group qualifiers, and Sergi Roberto also made the team.
France finished 1st in UEFA Group A
Three players from Barcelona took part in World Cup Qualifying — Samuel Umtiti (5 appearances), Lucas Digne (2) and Ousmane Dembélé played 111 minutes in 2 appearances for France in World Cup qualifying.
Finished first in UEFA Group B
2 BARÇA PLAYERS: Nélson Semedo and André Gomes
A breathtaking display from them on the final qualifier game saw them finish third in CONMEBOL
2 BARÇA PLAYERS: Leo Messi scored 7 goals in 10 appearances and Javier Mascherano made 15 appearances in World Cup qualifying.
They were the favorites throughout the campaign and finished first in CONMEBOL.
Paulinho made 11 appearances in World Cup qualifying and scored 6 goals.
Came second in CONMEBOL with Luis Suarez making13 appearances in World Cup qualifying and scoring 5 goals.
Finished 1st in UEFA Group C.
Marc-André ter Stegen made 5 appearances in World Cup qualifying and gave up just 2 goals.
Finished 1st in UEFA Group H.
Thomas Vermaelen made 3 appearances in World Cup qualifying
Qualified after defeating Greece in a playoff.
Ivan Rakitic made 8 appearances in World Cup qualifying
Players that did not qualify are Jesper Cillessen (Holland) and Arda Turan (Turkey)