Saturday 7 December 2019

The world class starting XI and seven subs that will not be taking part in Euro 2016

These three will not be at Euro 2016 for a variety of reasons
These three will not be at Euro 2016 for a variety of reasons

The European Championships will showcase some of the continent’s greatest talent… but here Alan Tyers picks an XI, and seven subs, who sadly won’t be gracing the tournament with their presence this summer. We reckon this side could give any team in France a run for their money.

Tim Krul (Holland) GK

Written into World Cup legend when he came on as a 120th minute sub to win Holland a penalty shootout against Costa Rica in Brazil but he, like every other Dutch player, will be watching from the comfort of a lovely pancake shop this summer after the Clockwork Orange failed to qualify.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Holland

Dani Carvajal (Spain) RB

Real Madrid’s right back got himself a muscular injury to his right leg in the Champions League Final and will miss out. Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is the man who takes his place.

Daniel Carvajal is chased by Kevin de Bruyne (Getty Images )

Vincent Kompany (Belgium) CB

Manchester City’s big man has had injury worries all season and a recent calf problem has ruled him out. Marc Wilmots is also missing defenders Nicolas Lombaerts and Dedryck Boyata.

Vincent Kompany's season has been blighted by injury

Kurt Zouma (France) CB

Zouma’s pace and strength will be missed by the hosts, who have problems at centre half. Also missing is Raphaël Varane of Real Madrid, who was unlucky enough to get hurt in training prior to the Champions League Final.

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma's reaction to Nemanja Matic's stunning Wembley goal has gone viral

Luke Shaw (England) LB

The Manchester United man was looking like Ashely Cole’s long-term successor as a classy, reliable full-back but his awful September 2015 double leg-break has kept him out of action ever since. Has returned to training with everyone’s good wishes; England will have to make do with the honest but inferior Danny Rose or Ryan Bertrand.

Shaw assured of his United future by boss Mourinho

Santi Cazorla (Spain) RM

Two-footed Arsenal magician has been fighting back hard from injury but has been unable to probe that he deserves a chance in what you have to say is quite a competitive midfield. Juan Mata of Manchester United is also out of favour.

Santi Cazorla has suffered an Achilles injury

Marco Verratti (Italy) CM

“I suffered a great deal when learning I’d have to miss the tournament due to injury, but football is like that,” said the PSG midfield pocket battleship of his inability to come back from a sports hernia in time.

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PSG's Marco Verratti, left, and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas battle for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Andrea Pirlo (Italy) CM

Devastating news for all who enjoy the beautiful side of the beautiful game, the Juventus central midfield artist has been omitted from Antonio Conte’s squad. Naturally, the great man handled it graciously, saying: “He is the coach and it's only right he makes his decisions” and leaving it to others to wail “Why? Why, Conte? Why?”

Andrea Pirlo

Arjen Robben (Holland) LM

A sad day for sportsmanship: popularity’s Arjen misses out, as does Daley Blind and indeed every other Dutch person you can think of. It’s a massive setback for Game Of Thrones favourite Carice van Houten, who plays topless priestess Melisandre.

Arjen Robben (pictured), Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie have carried Holland for years but they are nearing the end of their careers and none will be involved at Wembley tonight

Karim Benzema (France) CF

When you are omitted from the FRENCH squad because the country’s FA president thinks that your inclusion might upset harmony, you know that you are a pretty tough guy to get along with. Les Bleus have been synonymous with infighting, but France Football Federation grand fromage Noel Le Graet felt that the Real Madrid striker had "done something really stupid" over the Mathieu Valbuena affair and he was left out of the hosts’ squad.

Karim Benzema

Diego Costa (Spain) CF

Having won the World Cup without a striker, Vicente del Bosque did not feel moved to change his plans to accommodate the out-of-form Chelsea irritant. Referees no doubt greeted Diego’s squad snubbage with relief.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly a target for former club Atletico Madrid.


Diego Benaglio (Switzerland) GK

Still on 32, and doing a job for Wolfsburg, the former Swiss captain announced his retirement from international football after the 2014 World Cup, a highlight of which was saving a penalty from Karim Benzema.

Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo is consoled by teammate Diego Benaglio at the end of the game. Reuters / Sergio Perez

Philipp Lahm (Germany) FB/CM

Immense experience and class. Sadly, Germany will have to make do without Lahm’s qualities: he will not be lured out of international retirement. Clubmate Franck Ribéry, on the other hand, has been making noises about a possible comeback.

Bayern Munich's defender Philipp Lahm (L) and Atletico Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Augusto Fernandez vie for the ball (Getty Images)

Miralem Pjanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) CM

Elegant Roma playmaker saw his Euro 2016 ambitions thwarted by Ireland in the play-offs.

Miralem Pjanic (left)

Franck Ribery (France) RM/LM

Bayern Munich winger decided to retire from international football after the 2014 World Cup, and despite making noises about changing his mind, has stuck to his guns.

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France's forward Franck Ribery and head coach Didier Deschamps

Alan Dzagoev (Russia) LM

For years, no England tournament preparation was complete without anxious daily updates about a key player’s metatarsal. Russians have already had to accept that said broken foot bone is keeping their star man, who plays for CSKA Moscow, out of the squad. Good news for their group rivals, who include England.
Russia's Alan Dzagoev and Konstantin Zyryanov (L) celebrate scoring against the Czech Republic. Photo: Reuters

Christian Eriksen (Denmark) AMC

Lists of players who will be missed at summer tournaments were often dominated by Zlatan, but this year, the superstar will be on show. His Swedish team having sneaked through the play-offs at the expense another lovely player, Denmark and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen and Tottenham face Stoke on Monday

Marco Reus (Germany) CF

The omission of the Borussia Dortmund man was a major surprise, partly because of his pace and eye for goal (49 in 108 for his current club) but also because of his versatility. Can play up front, in attacking midfield or out wide – but just not for Germany this summer: Joachim Löw has been worried about the players fitness, and cut him from the squad… on his birthday. Ouch.

Sami Khedira congratulates goalscorer Marco Reus

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