5 players with (in some cases trivial) Rotherham links going to the World Cup

A summer of football kicks off later this week when the 2018 World Cup in Russia gets under way.

Although England are unlikely to get near winning the tournament, it will at least make the days until the Millers return to action pass quicker.

Unsurprisingly, there are no current Rotherham players going to Russia, but here’s a look at some with a Millers connection that will be there – some more trivial than others.

Kari Arnason

The double promotion winner’s career has sky-rocketed since he left the Millers in 2015 and it is about to reach a climax. Playing in the Champions League and Euro 2016 is about to be surpassed as he is part of the Iceland squad going to their first World Cup.

Arnason, now 35, will be tested to the max as he will come up against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the group stage, with Croatia and Nigeria also in Group D.

Brad Jones

The Australia goalkeeper spent six weeks on loan at Rotherham when he just 21 way back in 2003. The Millers were in the second tier under Ronnie Moore, but Jones, whose parent club was Middlesbrough, could not get a game as understudy to Mike Pollitt.

Jones, now at Feyenoord, is in the Australia squad that will take on France, Denmark and Peru in Group C.

Jamie Vardy

Getting slightly trivial now, England striker Jamie Vardy could have ended up with the Millers after they tried to sign in when he was at Stocksbridge. However, they reportedly only offered £2,000 for a short-term loan and the move never materialised. Vardy, who played his junior football at Wickersley Youth, ended up going to Halifax and the rest is history.

Vardy will be hoping England can accommodate him up front alongside Harry Kane as they take on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

Danny Rose

Testing the parameters of links to Rotherham, England left-back Danny Rose is the brother of Mitch Rose, who came through the ranks at the Millers. A battling midfielder, Rose played six times between 2012-2014 but injury and a quick rise up the leagues curtailed his opportunity.

Cesc Fabregas

One of the most recognisable names in the world game, Fabregas famously made his debut for Arsenal as a 16-year-old in a League Cup game against Rotherham in 2003, which the Gunners won 9-8 on penalties.

The Chelsea midfielder missed out on Spain’s squad this summer, but has joined the BBC as a pundit.

 

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