Football: Big 4 of China, India, US and Indonesia miss out on World Cup

No place at the World Cup Finals for China, India, Indonesia and the US for myriad reasons

China, India, the United States and Indonesia combine for almost 3.35 billion people, nearly half the world's 7.6 billion population. Yet none of them could find the optimal starting XI to lead them to this year's World Cup.

From short-termism to poor talent development and infrastructure, these nations are hindered by myriad factors that have left them a trailing even before stepping onto the pitch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Big 4 miss out on big stage'. Print Edition | Subscribe