Stars lacking at Euro 2020
As was the case at Euro 2016, 24 of UEFA’s 55 members will compete at this summer season’s European Championships.
The additional qualification slots helped Albania and Iceland make their debuts at a serious finals 5 years in the past and Finland and North Macedonia will do the identical this yr.
Regardless of this, some star gamers haven’t made it.
Under is our greatest XI of the gamers who didn’t handle to qualify for Euro 2020.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak – Slovenia
Undoubtedly, Jan Oblak is without doubt one of the greatest goalkeepers on the planet.
In 2020/21, Oblak gained La Liga for the primary time, including to the Supercopa de España, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup winners medals he’s accrued with Atlético Madrid.
He’s additionally gained 5 consecutive Trofeo Ricardo Zamora awards; the trophy given to La Liga’s greatest goalkeeper.
He’s now joint-level with Víctor Valdés and Antoni Ramallets within the historical past of the Zamora Trophy.
Regardless of having Oblak of their ranks, Slovenia solely amassed 14 factors in Euro 2020 qualifying, ending fourth in Group G under Poland, Austria and North Macedonia.
They then didn’t earn a play-off place both on account of their thirty eighth place end within the UEFA Nations League 2018/19 total rating.
Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1992, Slovenia have certified for 3 main tournaments: Euro 2000 and World Cups 2002 & 2010.
So, Oblak is but to seem at a serious competitors; Samir Handanovič was the primary goalkeeper 11 years in the past.
In more moderen occasions, Slovania have gotten shut, particularly in Euro 2016 qualifying when Ukraine beat them 3-1 on mixture within the play-offs.
He’s probably the greatest within the enterprise however Oblak, who’s Slovenia’s captain, is unlikely to be seem at a serious match any time quickly.
Centre-back: Kostas Manolas – Greece
Not so way back, Greece had been one of many strongest sides in European worldwide soccer.
17 yr in the past, they shocked the world by successful Euro 2004, beating hosts Portugal 1-0 within the ultimate in Lisbon because of Angelos Charisteas’ header.
However that was within the midst of a interval of relative success.
Between 2004 and 2014, Greece appeared at two World Cups, three European Championships and one Confederations Cup.
Nonetheless, since exiting Brazil 2014 within the final 16, their report is depressing, successful simply 16 of their final 47 aggressive video games.
This implies the present era of Greek gamers aren’t attending to take pleasure in what those that got here earlier than them did.
Greece’s excellent present participant is Kostas Manolas who’s gained 4 main honours in Greece, in addition to the Coppa Italia at membership stage.
He’s most well-known for scoring the header that noticed his former membership Roma full that incredible remontada towards Barcelona in 2018.
For his nationwide facet, the Napoli centre-back has gained 42 caps however hasn’t performed for Greece since a 1-1 draw with Liechtenstein in October 2019.
New Head Coach John van ‘t Schip hasn’t picked him since taking on and, maybe, Greece’s fortunes would if he did.
Centre-back: Berat Gjimshiti – Albania
As talked about, Albania certified for a really first main match at Euro 2016 having failed in all 22 earlier qualification campaigns they’d entered earlier than this.
It was a large shock that they completed second in qualifying Group I, above Denmark and fierce rivals Serbia.
As soon as in France, they had been eradicated after two video games, shedding to France and Switzerland, however did handle a second of glory, beating Romania 1-0 in Lyon courtesy of Armando Sadiku’s header.
Centre-back Berat Gjimshiti was named of their preliminary 27-man squad for France 2016 however didn’t make the lower.
Since then, he’s grow to be his nationwide group’s greatest participant having now made 14 appearances within the UEFA Champions League for his membership Atalanta.
He stood out in Albania’s high-profile World Cup qualifier in March which they ultimately misplaced 2-0 to England at Area Kombëtare.
Regardless of having gained their different two video games in that group, towards Andorra and San Marino, they’re not possible to qualify.
This can be a disgrace for Gjimshiti as a result of, provided that he performs for Albania and the not so high-profile Atalanta, his qualities aren’t as extensively recognised as they could possibly be.
Centre-back: Jonny Evans – Northern Eire
It’s honest to explain Jonny Evans as a stalwart for each membership and nation.
In 2020/21, he helped Leicester Metropolis win the FA Cup for the very first time, beating Chelsea 1-0 within the ultimate.
From a private perspective, Evans has now accomplished the set after successful three Premier League titles and two League Cups while at Manchester United.
At worldwide stage, he’s now on 91 Northern Eire caps and shall be aiming to affix Steven Davis, Pat Jennings and Aaron Hughes in three figures.
Evans performed each minute of Northern Eire’s matches at Euro 2016 as they reached the spherical of 16 at their first main match for 30 years.
Since, it’s been play-off heartbreak for the Inexperienced and White Military.
In 2017, they missed out on Russia 2018, shedding to Switzerland within the play-off after which, again in November, Slovakia gained 2-1 at Windsor Park after further time within the Euro 2020 play-off ultimate.
Provided that he’s now 33, that could possibly be Evans’ final probability to seem at a serious match gone.
Midfielder: Dušan Tadić – Serbia
At Southampton, it was clear for all to see that Dušan Tadić had expertise.
However since he’s moved to Ajax, he’s grow to be a star.
Since becoming a member of the Dutch giants in 2018, Tadić has scored 76 objectives and offered 70 assists in simply 149 appearances.
He’s gained two Eredivisies, the KNVB Cup twice, a Johan Cruyff Protect and helped Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals.
Nonetheless, at worldwide stage, it’s been extra heartbreak than success.
Dušan Tadić’s solely look at a serious match, thus far, is World Cup 2018 the place he began each recreation, enjoying 263 minutes, as Serbia went out within the group section.
Nonetheless, Serbia are but to qualify for a European Championship as an impartial nation, final doing in order FR Yugoslavia in 2000.
The closest they got here was in Euro 2020 qualifying, beating Norway within the play-off semis earlier than shedding on penalties to Scotland within the ultimate at Rajko Mitić Stadium.
A massively proficient participant, Tadić’s aptitude and ability shall be a miss from this summer season’s match.
Midfielder: Sergej Milinković-Savić – Serbia
The identical could possibly be mentioned about Tadić’s worldwide colleague Sergej Milinković-Savić.
Rather a lot has been anticipated of the Lazio midfielder ever since he helped Serbia win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015, beating Brazil 2-1 within the ultimate in Auckland.
Together with his membership, Sergej has gained two Supercoppa Italianas and the Coppa Italia however nonetheless, presumably, hasn’t lived as much as the early hype.
His first after which second worldwide objectives had been a brace within the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final victory over Norway at Ullevål again in October however, as talked about, they misplaced the ultimate.
Nonetheless, at 26, and with Serbia having made a powerful begin to World Cup 2022 qualifying, there’s loads of time for Milinković-Savić to strut his stuff on a world stage once more.
Midfielder: Gylfi Sigurðsson – Iceland
In current seasons, Iceland have loved success past their wildest goals.
They certified for Euro 2016, their first ever main match, ending second in qualifying Group A above Turkey and Netherlands.
As soon as in France, wins over Austria and the England noticed them attain the quarter-finals, towards all odds.
Then, they certified for the World Cup for the very first time, held Argentina to a 1-1 attract Moscow, however went out within the group section.
No doubt, Gylfi Sigurðsson was a key determine, if not the important thing determine, on this.
He scored six occasions in Euro 2016 qualification and 4 extra in World Cup 2018 qualifying.
Nonetheless, their type has tailed off since; for instance, they’ve misplaced all ten UEFA Nations League video games they’ve ever performed, transport 30 objectives.
Regardless of this, they got here so shut to creating it three tournaments in a row.
Iceland beat Romania 2-1 within the Euro 2020 play-off semi, you guessed it, Gylfi Sigurðsson with a brace in entrance of 59 followers at Laugardalsvöllur.
Within the ultimate at Puskás Aréna, Sigurðsson’s free-kick put his facet in entrance however Hungary scored twice within the ultimate minute to grab victory.
The Everton midfielder, now 31, has gained 78 caps and scored 25 objectives together with netting at each a European Championships and a World Cup.
Nonetheless, may have have performed his final recreation at a serious worldwide competitors?
Midfielder: Martin Ødegaard – Norway
For the reason that age of about 15, Martin Ødegaard has been a reputation soccer followers all over the world have been aware of.
Whereas enjoying for Strømsgodset Toppfotball in his native nation, his expertise caught everybody’s consideration and nearly each large membership in Europe needed to signal this baby.
He joined Actual Madrid in 2015 and has since had mortgage spells with Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem, Actual Sociedad and, in 2021, Arsenal.
It stays to be seen who the 22-year-old shall be turning out for in August.
At worldwide stage for Ødegaard to cite Uncle Ben from Spider-Man “With nice energy comes nice accountability”.
Norway have solely ever appeared at three main tournaments of their historical past: USA ’94, France ’98 & Euro 2000.
So, the hope was that he, and a sure different highly-rated participant, would finish Norway’s draught.
Nonetheless, they had been overwhelmed 2-1 by Serbia within the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final at Ullevål again in October.
Since, Ståle Solbakken has taken over as Head Coach and instantly made Ødegaard captain, regardless of solely being 22 years outdated.
Certainly, at some point, he’ll lead Norway out at a serious match.
Centre-forward: Aleksandar Mitrović – Serbia
Some gamers simply carry out higher for his or her nation than their membership and there are few that this is applicable to greater than Aleksandar Mitrović.
This season at Fulham, he performed simply 1,389 minutes, beginning solely 12 video games and scoring three league objectives.
Nonetheless, for Serbia, Mitrović’s report is 41 objectives from simply 64 caps.
This consists of 30 worldwide objectives because the begin of 2018 and 5 in three appearances in 2021, making him Serbia’s report goalscorer, three away from Stjepan Bobek who performed between 1946 and 1956.
Nonetheless, regardless of all of those objectives, Mitrović was the villain in November 2020.
He was the one man, out of ten, to overlook their penalty as Scotland beat Serbia 5-4 on penalties within the Euro play-off Ultimate; David Marshall making an iconic save to his left.
Thus, the 26 yr outdated shall be determined to fireside his nation to World Cup 2022 whereas he’s nonetheless in his prime.
Centre-forward: Edin Džeko – Bosnia & Herzegovina
For those who’re ever in Bosnia & Herzegovina, it could most likely be greatest to keep away from saying the phrases ‘play-off’ as it would upset the locals.
Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia, the Golden Lilies have certified for a solitary main competitors, showing at Brazil 2014 the place they went out within the group section.
However, they’ve come near repeating that achievement on multiple event.
4 years earlier, they practically reached South Africa 2010 however had been overwhelmed by Portugal within the play-offs, shedding each legs 1-0.
Since, they’ve misplaced within the play-offs for Euro 2012, 2016 and 2020, crashing out to Portugal, Republic of Eire and Northern Eire respectively.
Most not too long ago, they had been favourites to win Path B however, within the semi-finals in Sarajevo, Northern Eire got here from a objective down after which gained a penalty shootout.
Edin Džeko, in useless, transformed his penalty that night time and has been one in every of his international locations most dependable performers since his debut means again in 2007.
Since then, he’s gained 114 caps and scored 59 objectives that means he leads the way in which for each.
Nonetheless, now 35, the skipper’s hopes of enjoying at a European Championships could possibly be over.
Centre-forward: Erling Braut Håland – Norway
When speaking about the very best gamers on the planet proper now, Erling Braut Håland needs to be aside of the dialog.
He first got here to wider consideration while at RB Salzburg, successful two Austrian Bundesliga titles and the ÖFB-Cup, scoring eight occasions in six Champions League appearances.
Håland has carried that type over to present membership Borussia Dortmund, taking his whole to twenty strikes in simply 16 Champions League video games.
Final month, he gained his first trophy in Germany, lifting the DFB-Pokal after a 4-1 victory within the ultimate over RB Leipzig by which he, in fact, bagged a brace.
This implies, total, Håland has scored 57 objectives in 59 Dortmund video games.
At worldwide stage, he may have performed for England having been born in Leeds when his father Alf-Inge Håland was enjoying for the membership.
However, Erling Braut adopted in his dad’s footsteps and selected to play for Norway.
He made a reputation for himself on the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019, scoring 9 occasions in a 12-0 victory over Honduras in Lublin.
At senior stage although he’ll have to attend to seem at a match after shedding within the Euro 2020 play-off semis to Serbia.
Regardless of this, he’s scored six worldwide objectives, all coming within the UEFA Nations League in 2020 together with a hat-trick towards Romania in Oslo.
It’s clear, with Håland main the road, and Martin Ødegaard simply behind, Norway’s anticipate a primary main match since Euro 2000 will finish sooner moderately than later.
Greatest XI gamers who didn’t qualify for Euro 2020
The 1o1 record of the very best XI of gamers who haven’t certified for Euro 2020 is as follows.
- Jan Oblak
- Kostas Manolas
- Berat Gjimshiti
- Jonny Evans
- Dušan Tadić
- Sergej Milinković-Savić
- Gylfi Sigurðsson
- Martin Ødegaard
- Aleksandar Mitrović
- Edin Džeko
- Erling Braut Håland
Line-up of the Euro 2020 greatest XI of non-qualified gamers
Please observe: on account of an overload of attacking choices, this XI doesn’t fairly make sense except it’s aiming to win each recreation 7-6.
Honourable mentions: Extra high quality gamers not enjoying at Euro 2020
Proper-back: Séamus Coleman – Republic of Eire.
Centre-back: Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Greece.
Centre-back: Stefan Savić – Montenegro.
Utility-man: Stuart Dallas – Northern Eire.
Centre-midfielder: Miralem Pjanić – Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Centre-midfielder: Steven Davis – Northern Eire.
Centre-midfielder: Uroš Račić – Serbia.
Winger- Ianis Hagi – Romania.
Winger: Josip Iličić – Slovenia.
Winger: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Armenia.
Ahead: Gerson Rodrigues – Luxembourg.
Ahead: Eran Zahavi – Israel.
Ahead: Stevan Jovetić – Montenegro.
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