5 players who left the World Cup early

Croatia have booted Nikola Kalinic out of their World Cup squad.

5 players who left the World Cup early

Croatia’s Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come off the bench in their 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five other players who left the World Cup early.

Willie Johnston (Scotland)

Willie Johnston in action in a friendly against Argentina in Buenos Aires
Willie Johnston in action in a friendly against Argentina in Buenos Aires (Peter Robinson/Empics)

Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)

Roy Keane Home
Roy Keane with his dog Triggs after leaving Ireland’s World Cup squad in 2002 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Diego Maradona (Argentina)

Soccer – World Cup USA 94 – Group D – Argentina v Greece – Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough
Argentina’s Diego Maradona celebrates against Greece before he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup (Neal Simpson/Empics)

Nicolas Anelka (France)

Soccer – 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – Group A – France v Mexico – Peter Mokaba Stadium
Nicolas Anelka was sent home by France at the 2010 World Cup (Adam Davy/Empics)

Zlatko Zahovic (Slovenia)

Slovenia Training Session and Press Conference – Wembley Stadium
Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec, in his second spell with the national team, saw Zlatan Zahovic leave early in 2002 (Adam Davy/PA)

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