Why Erling Haaland is not playing in the World Cup 2022 at Qatar?

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Why Erling Haaland is not playing in the World Cup 2022 at Qatar?
Why Erling Haaland is not playing in the World Cup 2022 at Qatar?

FIFA World Cup 2022 is taking place in Qatar. This time, the tournament is taking place in winter season. The top countries around the globe participate in this biggest international football tournament. The footballers dream of representing their respective nation at the World Cup. The fans are watching this World Cup as they want to see their favorite player playing. But unfortunately, a few of the top players at the moment are not playing in the World Cup in Qatar. Manchester City forward Erling Haaland is the one of those popular names who are missing from FIFA World Cup 2022. He is the best striker at present but still he is not playing in the biggest football tournament. The fans are confused and want to know as to why Erling Haaland is not playing in the World Cup 2022 at Qatar?

Why Erling Haaland is not playing in the World Cup 2022 at Qatar?

Erling Haaland is not playing in the Qatar World Cup because his country Norway failed to qualify for the tournament.

It usually happens that some most famous players failed to take part in the World Cup because they represent small countries who do not have the potential to qualify for the World Cup. Norway finished third in their qualification group. Netherlands and Turkey were ahead of Norway. The team’s performance definitely improved after the arrival of Haaland but he missed a large number of World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

 

Erling Haaland FIFA World Cup 2022
Erling Haaland FIFA World Cup 2022

 

Norway has participated three times in the FIFA World Cup (1938, 1994, 1998). They last qualified to the tournament in 1998. It is quite unfortunate for Norway to miss the World Cup as they are currently the 22nd-ranked team on Fifa’s World Ranking but due to the fixed quotas for each continent, they failed to qualify.

Haaland has scored 21 goals in 23 games for his nation. The youngster will surely try his best to lead his country to the next World Cup. It will be realistic for Norway to qualify for the 2026 edition of the World Cup because it will have 48 teams including 16 European teams.