Thiago shares what he's been doing during the World Cup on Instagram, after missing out on Spain squad
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Thiago shares what he's been doing during the World Cup on Instagram, after missing out on Spain squad

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has shared photos of his family holiday to America, after missing out on the Spain World Cup squad.

The Reds star had been expected to miss the tournament having lost his place in the national team. Nevertheless, it will have hurt him to be overlooked.

Still, Luis Enrique’s decision has given Thiago the chance for an extended break with his family. And taking to Instagram, the 31-year-old posted some photos of his time in the USA.

Liverpool’s No.6 could be seen in a front-row seat at the LA Lakers game, alongside his wife. Tagging in Liverpool, as well as Lebron James, it seems as though the club may have helped arrange their player’s visit.

Nice to hear from Thiago, after what must have been a tough couple of weeks personally. Rest up, lad, we can’t wait to see you back at Anfield.

Thiago’s international woes continue

With the World Cup now underway, you can forgive Thiago for distancing himself from the football.

Despite his excellence, the former Bayern Munich schemer hasn’t really had much luck at international level.

After winning his first cap in 2011, he then missed the successful Euro 2012 tournament through injury. Injured again for the World Cup in 2014, he was finally selected for Euro 2016.

However, Thiago played just twenty-six minutes as Spain crashed out in the round of 16, against Italy.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – OCTOBER 15: Midfielder Thiago Alcantara of Spain National team during UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers match – Sweden v Spain at Friends Arena on October 15, 2019, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Anatoliy Medved/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Fast forward to the World Cup in 2018, and Thiago was no less influential for his country. Starting just one of Spain’s four games at the tournament, he was once again an unused substitute in the round of 16 defeat, this time to Russia.

At Euro 2020, injury also reduced him to a bit-part role. The Liverpool man didn’t start a single game as Enrique’s side went all the way to the semi-finals.

So, you can see why Thiago may have been pessimistic about his chances of a call-up this time.

It’s a curiosity for such a talented player to have such little influence in major tournaments. You can’t help but feel that if he’d have chosen the nation of his father – Brazil – he wouldn’t have been quite so neglected.

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