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Milan stars hoping to make their mark at the World Cup in Russia
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Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup has left numerous AC Milan stars kicking their heels this summer, but fans of the Rossoneri still have plenty of players they can follow in Russia.

The likes of Portugal and Argentina have a Milan presence in their respective squads, while some of the lesser fancied nations also contain players from the Serie A club.

Read on as we take a look at five Milan players hoping to make their mark at this summer’s tournament.

Andre Silva - Portugal

Portugal have struggled to find a forward who can lead the line and score goals. Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani shared the role at the European Championships in 2016, but Silva has impressed as the main striker during qualifying for the World Cup.

Silva joined Milan in June 2017 and has scored just twice in 24 appearances for the club, but 12 goals in 21 matches for his country highlights that the 22-year-old knows where the back of the net is.

Lucas Biglia - Argentina

Biglia’s participation at the World Cup was in doubt after he suffered back injury playing for Milan back in April. However, he has been chosen in Argentina’s 23-man squad and should be a regular in their starting line-up.

The 32-year-old made 13 appearances during qualifying and featured in all seven matches as Argentina reached the final four years ago. The two-time winners are priced at around 9/1 to win the World Cup, but check out this bet365 bonus code online offer before wagering on the outcome.

Cristian Zapata - Colombia

Colombia are not the force they once were, and it is hard to see them progressing beyond the last 16 this summer.

Zapata is included in the squad despite playing just 12 times for Milan this season and this is likely to be his last appearance at the finals. The 31-year-old has been capped 54 times by Colombia, but he has been in and out of their starting line-up over the past year.

Ricardo Rodriguez – Switzerland

Switzerland are a difficult side to break down and they will fancy their chances of progressing from Group E alongside Brazil.

Rodriguez was on target for Switzerland in their 1-1 friendly draw against Spain last weekend and the full-back is expected to be a permanent fixture in the side this summer. He has won 51 caps for his country and is one of the most reliable defenders in Europe.

Nikola Kalinic - Croatia

Kalinic has endured a miserable season with Milan, scoring just six goals in 41 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Striker Mario Mandzukic, who clinched yet another Serie A title with Juventus, is likely to lead the line for Croatia and Kalinic could find his game time limited in Russia.

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