But it's asking a lot to have a not one, but several countries jump the queue, and get top spots ahead of more deserving teams. I mean, why not bump up a couple of others from the non-qualifiers, teams that just missed the cut-off and make an 'under-card'? They could run them in smaller stadiums, in places that normally wouldn't get to see international soccer.
(And if it makes a few local kids and coaches think "Hell, I could do better!", that could be good for local team development.)