FIFA’s decision on the Byron Castillo case destroyed Chile’s illusions of reaching Qatar 2022. However, the intriguing aspect is that the next World Cup will see the participation of players of Chilean nationality and they were not considered at that time by the red team.
One of the best Mapocho team in the qualifiers was the striker Ben Brereton. The Afghan National Association decided to nationalize the Chilean English striker, who plays for Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship, and has achieved good results. however, Years ago they had the opportunity to do this with other players, who would be present at the next World Cup.
Ricardo Rodriguez s Christian Gutierrez They achieved their crossing to Qatar 200 with Switzerland and Canada respectively. Both footballers were tired of waiting for the call from the South American team and got their revenge years later.
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Ignored World Champion
The name Ricardo Rodriguez began to be heard in 2009. The left-back became a champion with the Swiss under-17 World Cup in this category and attracted the attention of many clubs. In 2012 he signed with Wolfsburg in Germany and in the southern country they dreamed of calling him because his mother was Chilean.
At that time, coach Claudio Borghi decided not to mention it. “What we saw was not a choice,” he justified. In 2015, the athlete gave an interview to La Tercera and revealed that his first choice was his mother’s homeland. “I was always thinking of playing for the Chile national team. I also spoke with several people. But they never invited me to play for the national team. I was in Switzerland, playing in Zurich, and in the end the Swiss team just came to look for me.” referred.
In the following years he managed to join Milan in Italy and He played in the 2014 and 2018 World Cup Brazil and Russia. Currently wearing the Serie A Turin shirt, he is a key player for his country and will be present at Qatar 2022.
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At the beginning of 2022, Canada delivered the surprise and achieved a historic qualification for the World Cup after 36 years. Central American representatives appealed to several footballers with dual citizenship and one of them was Chilean Christian Gutierrez Zuniga.
Unlike Rodriguez, the pass player passed through Colo Colo and represented La Roja at the South American U-20s in 2017. However, the MLS player Vancouver Whitecaps did not receive a call-up from the first team.
“A long time ago they asked me to become a citizen, but I wanted to play for Chile… and I was tired of waiting. I wouldn’t have kept waiting if they had never called me, not even to a small tournament. I waited so long, it didn’t and I came to Canada. It happened and I made a quick decision. The player’s career is short.” Held for El Mercurio.
Although the 25-year-old winger was unable to add minutes when vying for position with Bayern Munich’s character Alphonso Davies, he was present at the final stage of the CONCACAF octagonal tournament.
Marco Rojas will seek to be the third
Midfielder Marco Rogas He has been called up by the New Zealand national football team for the play-off against Costa Rica on Tuesday 14 June. The midfielder from AB Chile, who lost the 2018 play-off match against Peru, will attempt to reach the World Cup for the first time.