Levante keeper Mitch Langerak will be the fourth Ciutat de Valencia player in history to represent the club at a World Cup after Australia won the inter-confederation playoff against Honduras on Tuesday. Langerak was on the bench for the Socceroos in Sydney but his place in the 23-man squad for Russia is assured as the Australian number two.
He could be joined by another Levante player, Jefferson Lerma, if the Colombian midfielder is called up to the final squad for Russia by José Pékerman. Lerma made his debut for the cafeteros this week in the 4-0 victory over China and is in the running to make Colombia’s cut for the tournament.
The three other Levante players to have featured at a World Cup are Lauren, who was in the Cameroon squad at France 1998 and was the first granota to appear at a finals. The second, Keylor Navas, was between the sticks for Costa Rica in 2014 and he was joined in Brazil by Greece defender Loukas Vyntra, who was at the Ciutat de Valencia between 2013 and 2015.