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5 players who left the World Cup early

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

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)

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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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