Croatian forward, Nikola Kalinic is not the first player to go home in the middle of a World Cup.

The striker refused to come on as a substitute during Nigeria’s loss 2-0 loss at the World Cup in Russia, and was sent home.

Here are 5 other players who were sent home before the end of the World Cup.

1.Willie Johnston (Scotland)


Willie Johnston was caught red handed.

The West Brom man was sent home from the 1978 World Cup in Argentina after he failed a drug test.

His crime was taking hay fever tablets before their 3-1 defeat by Peru.

2. Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)

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Everything about Roy Keane is memorable.

He created another memory for the history books, when the Manchester United midfielder departed from the Republic of Ireland's pre-tournament training camp.

His unhappiness with the standard of Ireland's preparations for the 2002 World Cup led to an expletive-laden bust-up with the coach, Mick McCarthy in front of the squad at their base on the Pacific island of Saipan.

3.Diego Maradona (Argentina)


The Argentina star was kicked out of  USA 1994 after failing a drugs test. He got tested after their match with Nigeria.

He had previously led Argentina to the title in 1986 and to the 1990 final, where they lost to West Germany.

4.Nicolas Anelka (France)


Nicolas Anelka was kicked out from the France squad in 2010.

His exit during the World Cup in South Africa after falling out with coach Raymond Domenech.

The forward, then at Chelsea, reportedly launched a verbal attack on the manager at half-time of their 2-0 defeat by Mexico at the 2010 World Cup.

He refused to apologize despite a players' revolt over how Anelka had been treated.

He was ordered home by the French Football Federation and banned for 18 games, even though he retired immediately after the incident.

5. Zlatko Zahovic (Slovenia)


Roy Keane was not the only player to leave the 2002 World Cup early.

The Slovenia playmaker Zahovic, and Benfica midfielder had a row with coach Srecko Katanec after being substituted in their 3-1 defeat by Spain, and the Slovenia Football Federation decided to send Zahovic home.

Rudi Zavrl, the president of the federation at the time, said: "Zahovic has continued with his attitude which was damaging for the atmosphere surrounding the team."