Which Inter Milan Players Could Make a Big Impact in this Year’s World Cup?

Which Inter Milan Players Could Make a Big Impact in this Year’s World Cup?
November 26, 2022 20:30
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The 22nd FIFA World Cup began on 20th November 2022, with the host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opening match of the tournament.

It is first World Cup to take place in an Arab nation, and only the second to be held in Asia after the Japan and South Korea World Cup in 2002.

France are the reigning champions, having beaten Croatia 4-2 in Russia in 2018, and they remain one of the hot favourites for this year’s tournament.

But this year the World Cup looks closer to call than ever before according to the latest World Cup Odds, with the likes of England, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Belgium and Argentina, all in with a chance of lifting the trophy on December 18th.

Inter Players At The World Cup

Despite Italy winning the European Championships in 2021, they failed to qualify for the World Cup. That means their Italian internationals Nicolò Barella, Federico Dimarco, Danilo D’Ambrosio, and Alessandro Bastoni, are among some of the players missing out.

But that doesn’t mean Inter fans won’t have any players representing their club in Qatar.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Marcelo Brozovic, Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa, Robin Gosens, and Andre Onana, are all expected to be called up by their countries.

Romelu Lukaku

Country – Belgium

Caps – 102

Goals – 68

Lukaku spent two years as an Inter Milan player between 2019 and 2021, scoring 42 goals in just 72 appearances. A spell that saw him lift the Serie A title and be crowned the Serie A Footballer of the Year.

Still only 29, the Belgian remains a formidable player – despite niggling injuries – and his international record for Belgium is impressive, with 68 goals in 102 appearances.

Lukaku scored four goals in Russia in 2018, to become Belgium’s highest ever scorer in a single World Cup tournament.

Injuries have hampered his progress this season, but the striker remains their biggest threat up front and with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in the team, chances will not be in short supply for the Inter player.

Lautaro Martinez

Country – Argentina

Caps – 41

Goals – 21

Scoring 21 goals in 35 league appearances last season, Martinez is one of the biggest goalscoring talents in world football, and constantly linked with big money moves to the England and Spain.

His record of 21 goals in 41 international appearances illustrate his importance to the national team, with 5 of those goals coming in just 4 appearances this year.

Currently ranked third in the FIFA world rankings, their manager, Lionel Scaloni, has taken Argentina on a run of 35 matches without defeat, their last loss coming against Brazil way back in 2019.

Since then, they have posted 24 victories and 11 draws, including a victory in the 2021 Copa America final against arch-rivals Brazil. If they can avoid defeat for three more games, they will break the record held by Italy.

Martinez is an integral part of this impressive team despite the wealth of striking talent in the squad, including Alvarez, Icardi, Dybala and Lionel Messi.

A guaranteed starter, his goals are a crucial part of why Argentina will be many people’s favourites at this year’s tournament.

FIFA Men’s Football World Rankings:

1. Brazil

2. Belgium

3. France

4. Argentina

5. England

6. Italy

7. Spain

8. Portugal

9. Mexico

10. Netherlands

Stefan de Vrij

Country – Holland

Caps – 59

Goals – 3

Now 30, the centre back made his international debut back in August 2012 in a friendly against Belgium. Ten years later he has formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Dutch defence alongside Liverpool centre back Virgil Van Dyke, and recently captained the team in a 2-1 win against Wales in the Nations League.

An important and experienced player, De Vrij has won the Italian League, Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup with Inter.

He was also a key part of the Dutch side that finished third in the 2014 World Cup, playing seven times and scoring once.

Denzel Dumfries

Country – Holland

Caps – 39

Goals – 5

Making his international debut in 2018, the defender has gone on to make 37 appearances and score 5 goals for the Dutch, cementing his place in the starting line-up.

An Italian Cup and Super Cup winner with Inter, the 26-year-old is an important member of the national team.

Marcelo Brozovic

Country – Croatia

Caps – 77

Goals – 7

Hugely experienced, the 29-year-old midfielder has won the Italian league, Cup and Super Cup with Inter, and was part of the Croatian squad that lost the 2018 World Cup final to France.

A key player for the national team and Inter, his defensive qualities in the midfield area are a huge reason Croatia are such a difficult team to play against. A guaranteed starter.

Andre Onana

Country – Cameroon

Caps – 34

The former Ajax goalkeeper was hugely sought after following impressive performances in the Dutch Eredivisie, but a doping ban and run of injuries have since hampered his attempts to return to the form he showed in Holland.

Despite that, he remains first choice for the national side and a crucial member of the team. Qatar could well be his chance to show the world that he is back to his best.

World Cup Winner

Whoever wins the world cup, Inter manager Simone Inzaghi, will just be hoping that his players return injury free, and ready to help his side continue their push for the title.

By Editorial Staff