Fri 11 June 2021 | 20:29

Best XI not going to Euro 2020

Remember that one time that all your classmates were invited to a party but you were the one who was left out? In this scenario, Euro 2020 is the party and we are going to list all the cool kids or the best XI not going to Euro 2020.

The 16th UEFA European Championship, organized by the Union of European Football Associations, is the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe (UEFA). Nineteen of the 24 teams that qualified for the tournament in 2016 are returning this year.


and Italy, both of which had perfect qualification campaigns (10 victories in 10 matches) are among them, as are defending European champions Portugal and world champions France, as well as Germany, who qualified for a record 13th consecutive European Championship.

Finland and North Macedonia will compete in the European Championship for the first time, having never qualified for a major competition before.

Scotland qualified for their first major international tournament since the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and their first European Championship since 1996, as a co-host of the tournament.

After missing out in 2016, the Netherlands and Denmark are back, with the Germans playing in a major competition for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


, Hungary, Slovakia, and Wales made it to consecutive European Championship tournaments for the first time.

Let’s talk about the list that we have prepared for you. The list contains both players whom teams didn’t get qualified for Euro 2020 and players who were not included in the final squad for their team which made it into the competition.

It is safe to say that this list is uniquely prepared by the Sportmob team just for you. So, let’s get to the

best XI of players who missed out on UEFA Euro 2020


Best XI not going to Euro 2020

If the players that we have gathered were to form a valid football formation and play as a team, they would have acquired the 3-5-2 formation. With 3 defenders and 5 midfielders, each objected to achieve a different goal, this formation would be the most adaptive formation you have ever seen.

With 2 strikers, the team has the power to put huge pressure with the help of the midfielders. This formation would make it nearly impossible for the opposite team to counterattack as the midfielders have the space to move both back and forth easily.

In this article, we are going to meet the following players: Jan Oblak, Sergio Ramos, Virgil Van Dijk, Dayot Upamecano, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Reus, Mason Greenwood, James Maddison, Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Without further ado let’s hop into the list of

Best XI who will NOT be playing at Euro 2020


GK: Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

is the first on the list of best XI players who failed to qualify for Euro 2020, mainly because his team failed to set its foot in this tournament.

Oblak is a tall, athletic, and physically strong goalkeeper who is regarded as one of the finest in the world by many experts, we had to put him on the list of the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020.

He is best recognized for his quickness, reaction time, and flexibility, as well as his game reading and, in particular, his exceptional handling and ability to come off his line and collect crosses, allowing him to excel in the air and successfully command his area.

His work rate, superb positioning, footwork, shot-stopping abilities, and calmness in goal, as well as his overall consistency, leadership, and ability to inspire a sense of confidence in his team's back-line, have all been complimented in the media.

Let’s move on to the defensive roles of

the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020


CB: Sergio Ramos

Next on the best XI players who failed to qualify for Euro 2020 is

Sergio Ramos

, who was left out of the competition, despite his team’s qualification.

Following an injury-plagued season, Ramos was left out of the UEFA Euro 2020 squad. His exclusion marked the first time since Euro 2004 that he had not been selected for the national squad, ending a record of 10 consecutive appearances.

The 35-year-old is a physically powerful defender who excels in the air due to his elevation, sight for goal, and heading accuracy, giving him a goal danger on set-pieces.

He is also a skilled and tough tackler. He has good technical ability, as well as good distribution, passing, and crossing ability, which allows him to carry the ball forward, switch the play with long balls or play out from the back on the ground.

Cuqui has received praise for his leadership, athleticism, technical prowess, and ability to excel both offensively and defensively, as well as his versatility, which allows him to play both as a center back and as a full-back; he began his career as a right-back, but as his career progressed, he established himself as a center-back.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk


refused to be in the squad of his national team for this tournament because he believed that he needed time in order to recover from his injury. But we did him justice and put him in our

best XI players who failed to qualify for Euro 2020


He has speed, solid skill, and an excellent eye for goal, and he is a good set-piece taker. Former Celtic colleague Kris Commons said of Van Dijk's skills that he was "comfortable on the ball," adding that "he had good technique and a wonderful right foot." He had a talent for set-pieces, and some of the free-kicks he scored for Celtic are true masterpieces.

Van Dijk scored a headed goal against Leeds United, showing off his amazing skills on the first day of the new season on September 12, 2020.

Want to see who is next on the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020 list? So do we, thus let’s move on.

CB: Dayot Upamecano

The player who has been underrated is next up on the list. Bayern's recruit was surprisingly left out of the team. This is surprising because


is regarded as one of the most promising French players in recent years.

Others were chosen ahead of the Leipzig defender, including Kurt Zouma, Presnel Kimpembe, Léo Dubois, and Lucas Digne. But we have reserved a special place for him in the middle of our


best XI of players not going to Euro 2020


Unlike many of his peers in his age group, Upamecano is just as good off the field as he is on it. When playing in a high line, his quickness and in-game awareness allow him to recover on the counter and protect the space behind. He keeps a watchful eye on the players around him inside the penalty area, rarely losing attention on blindside moves.

CM: Tanguy Ndombele

Moving to the midfield positions, we are going to talk about

Tanguy Ndombele

in this part of the best XI of players who missed out on UEFA Euro 2020. The France national team has selected their squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele missing out.

Ndombélé is a complete midfield player who can add value in both defense and offense, allowing him to play in all three midfield positions (DM, CM, AM) at a high level.

His offensive worth far outweighs his defensive production, thanks in part to his outstanding technical ability, which combines excellent close control with strength and a wide range of skill moves.

CM: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

If you are looking for a complete midfielder, here he is. With his stylish hairstyle and amazing looks, Savic has earned a spot in our best XI of players who missed out on UEFA Euro 2020 due to his amazing performance. Sergej Milinkovi-Savi has distinguished himself as a "complete midfielder" in the modern sense, earning him the nickname "Serbia's Paul Pogba."

He is a versatile player who can play in a variety of midfield positions, such as a "trequartista" or a holding midfielder, though he is most often used as a central midfielder in the "mezzala" role.

Pundits have compared his style of play to that of Zinedine Zidane and Yaya Touré, as he combines the traditional attacking movement, positional sense, and finishing ability of an attacking midfielder with the height and physicality of a target man or defensive midfielder; as a result, he is also effective in the air and is capable of scoring goals with both his head and his feet.

LM: Marco Reus

Like Virgil Van Dijk, Reus also refused to represent Germany in the competition just to recover some energy for the next season. And that’s why we have featured Marco Reus in our Best XI who will NOT be playing at Euro 2020.

Reus is noted for his flexibility, speed, agility, technical skills, intelligence, and shooting ability, but he is also prone to injury.

Reus is known for his attacking movement, powerful finishing with either foot in open play, timing, and eye for goal, as well as his accuracy from set-pieces. He is also a hard worker and a precise passer with good vision, which allows him to create chances and assist teammates in addition to scoring goals.

As a result, Reus is a versatile forward who has been used as a second striker, in a central role as an out-and-out striker (although this is not his preferred position), as a winger on either flank (although he prefers the left side because it allows him to cut inside onto his stronger right foot), and is a central attacking midfielder.

RM: Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood

was left out of the Euro 2020 selection but we have found a spot for him in our best XI who will NOT be playing at Euro 2020 list.

Greenwood began his career as a midfielder before moving to the center forward position. When the ball is delivered into the penalty area, he frequently plays on the right side for Manchester United, as well as going more centrally to occupy as a second striker. From the right side of the box, he frequently redirects his shot, aiming low for the near post.

Let’s see who’s next in the list of

the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020


CAM: James Maddison

James Maddison

played several games for Euro 2020 qualification but didn’t make it into the final selection and for this unfortunate occasion, we had to include him in the list of the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020.

In the 56th minute of England's 7–0 triumph over Montenegro in UEFA Euro 2020 qualification, Maddison made his England debut, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Maddison is first and foremost a player who thrives in possession and on the offensive end of the field. His ability to split defenses and see around corners is a significant plus. He takes up advantageous positions between the lines and can make accurate passes that split opposition defenses and allow forward runners to follow them down.

Let’s move on to more offensive and intensive roles in our the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020 list.

ST: Erling Haaland

There is no way we could ignore this amazing player but unfortunately, his national team did not make it into this competition thus we can Bring Haaland into our list of the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020.

One of his most potent weapons, both on and off the field, is his speed. Defenders find it difficult to stop the Norwegian international due to his quickness and unique build. Haaland is exceptional at identifying spaces and gaps in opponents' play, which is unusual for a striker of his physical stature. This serves him well as a goalscorer and a distributor.



is on the attack, he can often move straight past the defensive line, staying onside and scoring seconds later. Teams with a strong backline are left exposed in defense as a result of this. The terminator is equally dangerous on both sides of the pitch because he is a natural goal scorer with both feet.

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ultimately, we have reached the last part of our the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020 article.

The last player on the list does not need any kind of introduction as there are a few who don’t know him, but for the sake of the article, we have to introduce him.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

is a legend that can’t get enough of the national team. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury, he was left out of the national team for this tournament.

Ibra is a powerful and accurate striker of the ball from both within and outside the penalty area and is recognized for his precision from penalties and dead-ball situations, despite being natively right-footed.

His height, elevation, and strength often give him an advantage in aerial challenges, as well as allowing him to function as a "target man"; despite his large stature, Ibrahimovic is uncommonly agile for a player of his size, and his athleticism and ability in the air have seen him score several goals from acrobatic strikes and volleys.

This powerful athlete has an outstanding technique and ball control, which, combined with his balance, power, and physicality, allows him to hold up the ball well with his back to goal, retain possession, and link up with other players.

He is a quick player and a fast sprinter, who possessed significant acceleration in his youth and was able to clock top speeds over 30 km/h even into his 30s, despite not being gifted with exceptional pace, particularly over shorter distances, which became more apparent in his later career as he slowed down with age.

All of these factors are the reasons that we have chosen him as our ultimate offensive player in our the best XI of players not going to Euro 2020 list.

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