As Euro 2020 begins on June 11, 2021, some major players will have to watch it from home. The Figaro sports department has drawn eleven of the major absentees from the competition.
They would have been among the stars or major players of the competition. For various reasons, they will have to be content to watch it from home. Here is the typical team, arranged in 4-4-2, absent from Euro 2020.
While Euro 2020 will have excellent goalkeepers, including some of the best in the world, one will be conspicuous by its absence. It is Jan Oblak, including the national team, Slovenia failed to break out of group G of qualifying to take part in the competition. The 28-year-old goalkeeper, who has performed well for many seasons, has had a remarkable 2020-2021 year with Atlético Madrid. With the Colchoneros, the former Benfica player won the title of champion of Spain, in the face and beard of the rival Madrid. His performances have also weighed heavily in the quest for this coronation since it has largely contributed to making the team led by Diego Simeone the best defense in the championship. Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, who chose to have his knee operated on, is for his part with Germany. He will also be a notable absentee from this European Championship.
In central defense, the choice was difficult. We made the decision to align a hinge made up of Sergio ramos and Virgil van Dijk. The Spaniard, who has had a string of injuries this season, is not on Luis Enrique’s list. A decision he apparently accepted, according to his reaction posted on social networks: “After several difficult months and the strangest season of my career, the Euro arrives. I fought and I worked every day, physically and mentally, to be able to reach 100% for Real and the national team, but things do not always go as we would like ”, a- he explained on Twitter. The Dutchman for his part, victim of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments in one knee, did not recover in time to be able to help the Oranjes. In the middle, Jérôme Boateng (Germany) Stefan Savic (Montenegro) could also have claimed a place in this typical team. The former is not in the German list, while the latter did not qualify with his national team.
On the sides of the defense, Trent Alexander-Arnold had a secure place with the Three Lions, despite significant competition for that position. But hit in a thigh during the preparation match against Austria, the Liverpool right-back was forced to forfeit. On the left, we find his teammate at Real Madrid, Ferland mendy. If his versatile profile seemed to be appreciated by Didier Deschamps, the former Olympique Lyonnais player was not taken from the twenty-six Blues. The French coach preferred Lucas Hernandez, indebted holder of the France team on the left side, and Lucas Digne, author of a good season on the side of Everton. Be careful though, it may not have been a sporting choice. The Madrilenian indeed suffered a muscle injury during the month of May, which could have had an impact on the composition of the list of world champions.
Miralem Pjanic is undoubtedly one of the big absentees of Euro 2020 in the midfield. Even if his first season in Catalonia is rather contrasted, the ex-player of Juventus Turin remains one of the best on the continent in his post. Bosnia and Herzegovina, their national team, failed to secure a ticket for the competition, eliminated by Northern Ireland in the semi-finals of the play-offs. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic accompanies him in the midfield. The torchbearer of Lazio Rome, author of another good season in Serie A (8 goals, 9 assists), will not play this European Championship either since Serbia lost to Scotland during dams (1-1, 4-5 after penalties). Donny Van de Beek, recently withdrawn, and Stefano Sensi, injured a few days before the start of the competition, could also have claimed a place in our eleven.
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On the more offensive positions, we find Jesse Lingard and Marco reus. The Briton who revived at West Ham after complicated months at Manchester United was shortlisted by England. Gareth Southgate did not ultimately retain him in the final list. Concerning the German, it is not his performances on the field that prevent him from participating in the competition but his physical level. The Borussia Dortmund player preferred to give up Euro 2020 to be able to rest. “After a complicated, exhausting and ultimately successful season, ‘Thank God’, I decided, together with the national coach, not to go to the European Championships. This decision was very difficult for me, because I am always full of pride when I am allowed to represent my country, he had posted on his account Instagram. But after a very intense year for me personally and after achieving my goals with BVB, I made the decision to give my body time to recover! ”. Ansu Fati, injured since the start of the season, has come close to being in our typical absent team.
In front, the attacking duo would make many selections pale. First, we find Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The veteran (39) had decided to return to the Swedish national team after five years of absence for a last, or penultimate, adventure. His return had proven to be a winner since he had delivered a life-saving assist against Georgia (1-0). However, the current center-forward of AC Milan is deprived of a fifth participation in a European championship due to a knee injury, which occurred during the month of May. The ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker is associated with Erling Haaland. The new star of world football, author of a fantastic season on an individual level, will not discover the Euro this summer. Norway was in fact stopped in the semi-finals of the accession dams by Serbia (1-2). Arkadiusz Milik (Poland), injured, Moise Kean, author of a great season in the Paris jersey, will also miss the competition, as will Anthony Martial, who had not recovered from his knee injury last March, and Edin Dzeko, whose the national team, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is not qualified.
But also : Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany), Jérôme Boateng (Germany), Joe Gomez (England), Dani Carvajal (Spain), Stefano Sensi (Italy), Donny Van de Beek (Netherlands), Martin Odegaard (Norway), Isco (Spain), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia), Ansu Fati (Spain), Anthony Martial (France), Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) Moise Kean (Italy), Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)