Everton striker Victor Anichebe was one of seven players cut as Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback named his 23-man World Cup squad.
Anichebe was overlooked along with Peter Utaka, Onyekachi Apam, Brown Ideye and domestically-based duo Bassey Akpan and Terna Suswan.
However, there were places for Anichebe’s Toffees team-mates Joseph Yobo and Aiyegbeni Yakubu.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was handed a call-up despite missing the end of the Premier League campaign, and FA Cup final, with a knee injury.
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Dele Aiyenugba, Austin Ejide.
Defenders: Taye Taiwo, Elderson Echiejile, Chidi Odiah, Joseph Yobo, Ayodele Adeleye, Rabiu Afolabi, Danny Shittu.
Midfielders: Kalu Uche, Dickson Etuhu, John Mikel Obi, Sani Kaita, Haruna Lukman, Yusuf Ayila.
Forwards: Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Nwankwo Kanu, Obafemi Martins, John Utaka, Victor Obinna Nsofor, Osaze Odemwingie, Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi.
June 12 Argentina (15.00 BST) Win 7/1, Lose 8/15, Draw 63/20
June 17 Greece (15.00 BST) Win 13/8, Lose 2/1, Draw 9/4
June 22 South Korea (19.30 BST) Win 11/10, Lose 10/3, Draw 12/5
To win World Cup: 150/1 (Bet365, SportingBet, bwin)