Full squad of top players that were not called for Euro 2020
Trent Alexander-Arnold snuck into the England squad and now we can focus on the football. But not before we take a moment to remember the snubbed.
Here’s a full 26-man squad of players who were available for selection, but will be watching from home
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Wouldn’t have been Germany’s number one and will therefore take the time to have surgery on a troublesome knee injury.
He’s been better than France’s No.1 and captain this season.
Another one of the Premier League’s top stoppers pips the Champions League winner.
“Yesterday I had the opportunity to communicate it to him,” Luis Enrique said. “It was difficult and hard. I keep yesterday’s conversation private. It is not easy to convey something that is not positive for him.”
No place in the France squad for Bayern Munich’s new £40million centre-back, or Liverpool’s £36million one. Ridiculous.
The former Atalanta centre-back started the latest friendly for Italy, but now has a summer to prep for Jose Mourinho.
The Dutch defender was a colossus for Lille having joined from Ajax last summer, starting 37 of 38 games as they sensationally pipped Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title. But even without Virgil van Dijk, the Netherlands are pretty well stocked there.
Manchester United’s undisputed first choice right-back faces the very real prospect of never playing for England.
Injury for the majority of the season has cost him his place. But a half-crocked Pereira is possibly still a better option than Nelson Semedo.
Croatian left-back Sosa said he wanted to play for Germany, but is ineligible, so will now play for neither Croatia or Germany.
Yet to make his France debut, the AC Milan star has notched seven goals and six assists from left-back this season, after a similar return the season before. At 23, his time will come.
Lyon’s Champions League hero of last season is a fine technician but is not as good as Moussa Sissoko.
The 18-year-old scored an overhead kick on his France debut, has been described as a mix of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, but is not as good as Moussa Sissoko.
Bukayo Saka is probably the man to have taken his place, with Gareth Southgate loving utility over goals. Or so we thought before Wednesday night.
It will never not be a surprise when he comes off the bench for Paris Saint-Germain having fallen into the Parc des Princes black hole. He joins fellow new Mesut Ozil, Julian Brandt, and former Mario Gotze, Mario Gotze, in watching from home.
Diego Simeone doesn’t really fancy him anymore and neither does Luis Enrique. Manchester United could well therefore spunk £60million on him.
Wouldn’t have played a minute of normal time. Would absolutely have been brought on to miss the crucial penalty.
Gets the chance to see first-hand, on a daily basis, why he’s not as good as Moussa Sissoko.
Belgium’s defence, still hot dogging after Euro 2016, breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Robson-Kanu and Ollie Watkins
Watkins is saved the wrath of Leeds fans, who will now have to aim their Patrick Bamford indignation at a striker with exactly the same goals per minute ratio. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, you fraud.
Uncapped Sassuolo striker Giacoma Raspadori – who has scored 13 fewer goals this season – has been selected in Kean’s stead, with the on-loan Everton striker handed the summer to ponder his future.
Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi being more unfortunate to miss out is telling of Bergwijn’s struggles at Spurs.
Played – albeit briefly – in all-but the semi-final of France’s World Cup-winning run in 2018. A brilliant footballer, of which France have an unreasonable number.
He withdrew to recover from an underlying injury but surely wouldn’t have done that had Southgate been desperate to have him. World Cup 2022 will be the one.
“After a very intense year for me personally and achieving my goals at BVB, I made the decision to give my body time to recover!” said Reus. We’re all tired, Marco.
Snubbed along with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal after a difficult season. This will be the first time Spain have gone into a major tournament without a single Madrid representative.