Euro 2020 is kicking off on Friday and numerous football stars have joined up with their national teams in pursuit of an international trophy. Prepare yourself for controversy and debate in equal measure as we unveil the Euro 2020 best XI down below.
With just a few days remaining to the long-awaited EURO 2020 which is being held in 2021- that was postponed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus- many cannot wait to see the fierce competition between the European giants.
Rescheduled tournament gets underway in 2021 in Rome on June 11 and runs through to Sunday July 11; Semi-finals and final take place at Wembley Stadium. The UEFA EURO 2020 schedule has been confirmed, with 11 host cities staging the 51 fixtures.
Italy face Turkey in the curtain-raiser in Rome on Friday, June 11, marking the start of a month-long festival of football as 24 nations battle it out to be crowned champions at the London final in July.
The tournament will follow the same format as Euro 2016, with the top two in each group advancing to the last-16 along with four best third-place finishers.
Not only football fans from Europe, but also football lovers from all over the globe are eagerly waiting for the competition to commence, where many of the best players in the world are going to compete in the form of their national team.
In this article, we provide an 11-player list of
Euro 2020 best XI
, consisted of a goal keeper, 3 defenders, 2 defensive midfielders, 1 attacking midfielder, 2 wingers, and 2 strikers. The following is a list of UEFA Euro 2020 best XI, and the players' forms and achievements in the last season (2020/21).
Full name: Manuel Peter Neuer
Date of birth: 27 March 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
The legendary German goal keeper,Manuel Neuer
, spent a luminous 2019/20 season withBayern Munich
where they managed to win the European Treble. It was Neuer's second trio after winning it in 2013. But this time, he was the captain of the team. However, last season (2020/21) did not go on as bright as its previous one, with Bayern winning merely theBundesliga
The 35-year-old keeper played in 33 matches of 34 League matches, conceded 42 goals, and kept 9 clean sheets. He saved 2 penalties of the total 3. In the UEFA Champions League, Bayern reached the quarter finals, and Neuer played in 8 matches. He conceded 8 goals and kept 3 clean sheets.
Neuer played in the one and only game in this season'sDFB-Pokal
where they lost 2 – 1. He has recently became the first goal keeper to have reached 100 caps for German national team, and carries a lots of German people hopes on his shoulders as the team's captain.
Full name: Rúben dos Santos Gato Alves Dias
Date of birth: 14 May 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth: Amadora, Portugal
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
The Portuguese center back is our number 1 choice in the list of Euro 2020 best XI. The strong defender has recently been named The Premier League's best player of the season in his debut season in England. He was a pivotal part of theManchester city
team that won the Premier League.
Dias played in 32 league games the last season, all of which as a starter, and helped City's goal keeper,Ederson Moraes
, keep 19 clean sheets which was the best record of in the league. Moreover, with 79 passes per match, he was the most prolific accurate passer of the Premier League.
93.2% of his passes were successful. Moreover, he won an average of 1.9 aerial dues won per match. He even played better in the UEFA Champions League, where Manchester city were beaten in the final match byChelsea
. Ruben Dias played in 11 matches, his pass success was 94.4%, and he won 2 aerial duels per match.
Furthermore, Manchester City won the English League Cup as well. Portugal national team is the title defender in EURO 2020, and they are even more powerful than the last tournament. WithRuben Dias
leading their defense line alongside the well-known Pepe, they have one of the strongest Center Back duos of the tournament.
Full name: Milan Skriniar
Date of birth: 11 February 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth: Ziar nad Hronom, Slovakia
Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Another center back in our
European Championship 2020 best XI
. The Slovakian defender has been one of the best center backs of Europe in the last season. His astonishing performances forInter Milan
were one of the key factors that they won the Serie A title after Juventus's 9-year dominance over the Scudetto.
He made appearance in 32 games and was one of the best players of the team. He won 2.69 tackles, 2 aerial duels, and made 4.16 interceptions per match last season. In season 2020/2021, he has won 64 aerial duels and 83 tackles.
On top of this, he made a total of 15 blocks. Slovakia may not be a claimer for the title, but everything is possible in football, and Milan Skriniar's presence in their defense line scares every attacker.
Full name: Raphael Xavier Varane
Date of birth: 25 April 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth: Lille, France
Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
The third and last defender in our list of
Euro 2020 best XI
is the FrenchRaphael Varane
. Even though the last season has not been the best of his times and he could not win any trophy with his club-Real Madrid
- Raphael Varane is still regarded as one of the best center backs in the world, and thus is included in the list of UEFA Euro 2020 best XI.
In the last season Varane played in 31 LaLiga games for Real Madrid, and was a pivotal defensive component of the team that conceded only 28 goals. In total, he performed 14 clean tackles (64% success rate), and blocked 4 shots. Moreover, Varane made 36 pass interceptions and recorded a total of 110 clearances.
He was a key player in Real Madrid's journey in reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Furthermore, being valued 70 million Euros in Transfermarkt website, Varane is one of the most valuable defenders in the world. After winning the 2018 World Cup, French football fans hope to win the Euro with Raphael Varane leading their defense line alongsidePresnel Kimpembe
Full name: N'Golo Kanté
Date of birth: 29 March 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth: Paris, France
Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s): Central midfielder
is indubitably one of everybody's choices to stand in the defensive midfielder position of Euro 2020 best XI, having spent a wonderful season at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's defensive midfielder is said by many to be one of the best European players – perhaps the best- in the last season.
Kante helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League title, regarded as their best player in the semi-final matches against Real Madrid, in which he won the midfield battles against Madrid's prominent players- as well as in the final match. Kante played in 30 Premier League games and sent 1322 accurate passes with the success rate of 86%.
Moreover, he performed 42 successful tackles (53% success rate), blocked 3 shots, and made 59 interceptions as well as 26 clearances. With him leading the midfield line alongsidePaul Pogba
, France has one of the most powerful midfield duos of the tournament, and they have high hopes to take Euro trophy home after losing the final match in 2016 against Portugal.
Full name: Joshua Walter Kimmich
Date of birth: 8 February 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth: Rottweil, Germany
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s): Midfielder, right-back
has been one of the best midfielders/right backs in the world in recent years. The versatile player has returned to his primary position, which is defensive midfielder, and has been one of the best players in Bayern Munich squad.
He was a vital player in 2019/20 Bayern starting 11 that won the European Treble, and he continued shining in the most recent season although Bayern could only win the Bundesliga title.
Kimmich is definitely one of the players to watch in Euro 2020, and stands next to Kante in the Central Defensive Midfielder position of
Euro 2020 best XI
He took part in 27 (out of 34) Bundesliga games last season, and was one of the best players of his team. The 26-year-old midfielder provided 10 assists, and completed 1693 accurate passes with 88% success rate. Moreover, Kimmich performed 28 clean tackles with 70% success rate, made 36 interceptions as well as 18 clearances.
He also managed to block 12 shots. German fans see him as a player of high importance in the squad, and hope to win the title with the blessing of having one of the best midfielders of the world in the squad.
Full name: Kevin De Bruyne
Date of birth: 28 June 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Drongen, Belgium
Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s): Central midfielder / Attacking midfielder
is widely regarded as the best attacking midfielder in the world in recent years, with recently Bruno Ferandez being added to the competition. He has been named the Premier League best Player of the season for 2 consecutive seasons (19/20 and 20/21).
De Bruyne scored 6 goals and provided 12 assists within 25 games for Manchester City, and played an important role in the Citizens winning the Premier League title. He sent a total of 80 key passes, which averages 3.2 key passes per match, and stands him in the first place in the list of players with the most key passes per match.
Moreover, he created 19 big chances, and only Bruno Fernandes stands above him with 20 big chances creates, note that Bruno has played in 37 games while De Bruyne has played in 25. In total, he created 92 scoring chances, and recorded 48 successful dribbles.
He is deservedly in the list of Euro 2020 best XI, and is one of the most notable players in currentBelgium national team
- known as their golden generation- that are expected to at least reach the final match.
Can they do that? It's very likely if Kevin De Bruyne and their other super stars can replicate their excellent forms that they have shown throughout the season.
Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of birth: 5 February 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s): Left Winger
Can there be any "Best XI in Europe" list without the name ofCristiano Ronaldo
? The answer is definitely no, and CR7 is our first choice for the left winger position in Euro 2020 best XI. Although the Portuguese Super Star is 36 years old, he has been in a great form in the last season.
He finished the Serie A as the top scorer with 29 goals, and provided 3 assists. He helped Juventus to qualify for the next season's UEFA Champions League, and was a pivotal player in winning Coppa Italia as well as the Italian Super Cup.
Furthermore, he was named the Best Attacker of the season in Serie A 20/21. Ronaldo lifted the Euro trophy in 2016 at the end of the dramatic final match against the hosts, France, and is very hopeful to win the title for the second successive year.
It is said by many that this year'sPortugal national team
is way better than the won that won the cup in 2016, and Cristiano Ronaldo being at his best form can make the dream come true one more time.
In addition, Ronaldo has scored 103 international goals for Portugal, and will try to break the Iranian Ali Daei's record who has scored 109 goals for his national team.
Full name: Kylian Mbappé Lottin
Date of birth: 20 December 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth: Paris, France
Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s): Right Winger
France is said to be the team with highest chances of winning the trophy, and their key star isKylian Mbappe
, who has been one of the best players in the world last season. He helpedParis Saint-Germain
to the conquest of the French Cup and to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
However, they finished the French League in the second place and lost the title to Lille. The 22-year-old star played in 31 League 1 games for PSG, and was the league's top scorer with 27 goals. Additionally, he provided 7 assists for his teammates.
With 2.9 successful dribbles per match (90 in total, out of 180 attempts), he stands 3rd in that category. Moreover, Mbappe scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists in UEFA Champions League last season. The right winger of European Championship 2020 best XI is hopeful to win his second international title after winning the FIFA World Cup in 2018 while being only 22!
He is a very fast-paced player with extraordinary skills and control on the ball whose finishing ability is very remarkable. Many football fans – not only French people- are waiting to see the young superstar shine in his first European Championship.
Full name: Harry Edward Kane
Date of birth: 28 July 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth: Walthamstow, England
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
One of our strikers in the list of Euro 2020 best XI is the EnglishHarry Kane
who has had a wonderful season on individual level. However, he could not win any team trophy with Tottenham. Harry Kane Premier League's both top scorer and top assist provider.
The prolific striker scored 23 goals and provided 14 assists in 35 Premier League games forTottenham Hotspur
, both of which were the best records of the season. Nevertheless, his luminous performance only led the team to finish in the 7th place and to qualify for Europa Conference League qualification.
Moreover, he sent a total of 14 key passes, created 63 scoring chances, and succeeded in completing 52 dribbles. Furthermore, he has had a brilliant defensive performance with regard to his position which is a striker: he has made 11 interceptions and 39 clearances. He also scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in 5 games in Europa League last season.
Harry Kane is England national team's first captain, and is highly expected to take his team to the final stages, given the fact that their current squad is said to be one of the best squads in English national team's history.
Full name: Robert Lewandowski
Date of birth: 21 August 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth: Warsaw, Poland
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Finally, the 11th player in the
UEFA Euro 2020 best XI
, who has been regarded as the best striker in the world in the last 2 years without any objections. Having scored 41 goals and breaking Gerd Mullers' record of Bundesliga's all-time goal scoring in a single season, Lewa won the 2020/21 European Golden Shoe.
He also provided 7 assists throughout the season and was the most pivotal factor in Bayern Munich's 9th successive championship in Bundesliga. He scored 41 goals and provided 7 assists in only 29 matches, which is an impressive performance from the Polish striker.
Moreover, Lewandowski helped Bayern win the Treble in 2019/20, and he retained his excellent form until today. With 66 goals, he is Poland national team's all-time top scorer, and with 118 appearances, he is their most experienced player and their captain.
With Lewa being in such great form and with the help of players likeArkadiusz Milik
and Zielniski, it would not be surprising if we see Poland proceeding in the competition further than expected.
There are many other players that could have been on the list of Euro 2020 best XI, regarding their performances in the last 2 seasons, some of them are:
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK, Italy)
Thibaut Courtois (GK, Belgium)
Harry Maguire (CB, England)
John Stones (CB, England)
Paul Pogba (CM, France)
Ilkay Gondugan (CM, Germany)
Antoine Griezmann (CF, France)
Bruno Fenandes (CAM, Portugal)
Luka Modrid (CM, Croatia)
Toni Kroos (CM, Germany)
Bernardo Silva (RM, Portugal)
Marcus Rashford (LW, England)
Romelu Lukaku (ST, Belgium)
Thomas Muller (CF, Germany)
Memphis Depay (LW, Netherlands)