As UEFA yesterday released their official Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, Spanish publication Marca went down the alternative route.
As well as naming a Best XI for the competition (as most outlets did), they have also named the eleven players they felt let themselves down in a big way in France.
Central to this are England. Their exit at the hands of Iceland turned them into an international laughing stock, but even leading up to that shock defeat they had not been having the best tournament.
To that end, they have the most players of any team on the eleven, with Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all receiving the dubious honour of being named.
Other players who were deemed to have not impressed at this summer’s tournament include the Spanish defensive duo of Juanfran and Sergio Ramos, the latter in particular having a nightmare in the 2-1 defeat to Croatia. Austria’s David Alaba rounds off the defence, having done little of note in his side’s three group games.
Next to Sterling in the centre, £100m Manchester United target Paul Pogba did not have the impact that many thought he would in this tournament (though it’s still arguably a bit harsh to include him in this), with Arda Turan and Thomas Muller completing the four man midfield.
Up front, Harry Kane could not replicate his Tottenham form for England as he appeared to suffer from burnout after a long season. Robert Lewandowski, despite reaching the quarter finals with Poland, only scored his first goal in the last eight match against Portugal, while Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, coming into Euro 2016 off the back of a 50-goal season, did not have a single shot on target in any of his side’s three matches.
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