March 23, 2021 – 16:28 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is among FIFA’s top ten seasoned stars who deserve a World Cup, the Association said Tuesday, March 23.
Included in the fresh ranking are ten players, aged 28-plus, who FIFA says the World Cup needs to see.
Mkhitaryan, 32, currently play for AS Roma and is the captain of Armenia’s national team, which is competing against Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia and Liechtenstein in UEAF Group J of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament.
“The former Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Arsenal attacking midfielder has been one of the best players in Serie A this season,” FIFA said.
“Armenia have never come close to reaching a major tournament, but they are unbeaten in five games and did pull off some impressive results in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, such as a 3-2 victory in Greece and a 4-2 reverse of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Other key Armenian players mentioned by FIFA are Vahan Bichakhchyan (Zilina) and Sargis Adamyan (Hoffenheim).
The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification was supposed to conclude in June 2022 but the event has suffered some postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.