Euros is just a day away from us, and there are quite a few players that will miss the marquee event due to various reasons such as no call-up, injury, recovery, not qualified, etc. We look at players at different positions who won’t be part of this tournament. We have taken the most prominent ten players who won’t be playing in the upcoming Euros.
1) Marc Andre Ter-Stegen – GK (Germany)
Arguably the best goalkeeper not only in the Spanish league but across the whole world. If someone could have given tough competition to Manuel Neuer for the goalkeeping position, it had to be Ter-Stegen. He is in the form of the dreams and has saved his side, FC Barcelona, quite a few times from trouble. Sadly, during the last few matchdays, he suffered a knee injury, for which he has to undergo surgery and will have to miss the entire tournament.
2) Trent Alexander-Arnold – RB (England)
The best defender at the right-back position in the world is Trent Alexander-Arnold. He was selected for this tournament by the England manager Gareth Southgate but got injured in the first friendly against Austria. There is no denying that England has many right-backs and is overloaded in that position. But at the same time, Trent is one of the best Rbs in counter-attacking situations defensively and offensively and can win you the ball nine times out of ten. He also has a knack for scoring incredible goals and assisting from improbable areas. He was a key cog to this England side, and he would be surely missed by his team this tournament.
3) Sergio Ramos – CB (Spain)
The most surprising shock that the football fans got was the exclusion of Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos. He has been the mainstay for the Spain defense for almost fifteen years now, and his exclusion is something significant to be looked out for. Even at an old age of thirty-five, he can be the captain and lead the side to Euro glory once again. Head Coach Luis Enrique has only selected twenty-four out of the allotted twenty-six players, which was a bizarre decision in general.
4) Virgil Van Dijk – CB (Netherlands)
Van Dijk has also made himself unavailable for the upcoming Euros. Since October, he has been out of action, but the good thing was he started training again and has been for over a month now. It was expected that he would be in contention to make the squad but has made himself unavailable, stating that he wants to continue his recovery and wants to make sure he is fully fit for the next season. Without Van Dijk, the Dutch face an uphill task and rely on their back-ups to produce match-winning performances.
5) Dayot Upamecano – CB (France)
France’s national team is full of talented center-backs, so much so that even one had to change his nationality to participate in the Euros. Dayot Upamecano is a very gifted center-back playing for RB Leipzig and would move to current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer. He would be the lead defender at a big club, suggesting he is a top-quality player, and his pace as a defensive player makes him dangerous. Unfortunately, his name was also not in the squad. The French Manager and head coach Didier Deschamps decided to go with their original center-backs from the last international friendly. But a player like Upamecano cannot be ignored for long, and it would be seen when next he will be part of the squad.
6) Theo Hernandez – LB (France)
The most surprising of the French players was the exclusion of Theo Hernandez. He has had an excellent season with AC Milan and has been a critical member of their team. It was almost guaranteed that he would be selected for the French side after such a spectacular season, but it wasn’t the case at all. Even the injury to Ferland Mendy, the starting left-back for France, didn’t add up to his point. Only the French Manager and head coach Didier Deschamps knows the reason as to why he has not been selected for such a tournament.
7) Donny Van De Beek – CM (Netherlands)
Donny Van De Beek was the most exciting young prospect to play for Ajax, Manchester United, and his country, Netherlands. However, after his move to Manchester United, he didn’t get much playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his primary men were doing the job. Everyone was looking forward to seeing a revival of the Dutch midfielder at the Euros, but sadly he will be missing the tournament due to a groin injury he suffered in training. It remains to be seen how he comes back as a player after such a torrid season.
8) Marco Reus – CM/CAM (Germany)
Marco Reus has been in the form of his life scoring and assisting goals for fun. He was a crucial part of his club’s cup success a few days back. Unfortunately, Reus has made himself unavailable for the upcoming Euros. He stated that he wants to rest and make a recovery after a taxing season full of games and barely any rest. This means that Reus will be missing his third marquee tournament after missing the 2014 World Cup Finals and 2016 Euros through injury. Reus in this form would be a significant loss for Germany, but they have adequate back-ups, which is a good thing for them.
9) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – ST (Sweden)
Only a few people in the world at the start of 2020 would have thought that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be playing the Euros. Zlatan had already made himself available for his country even at forty and was set to lead the attack for them. But unfortunately, an injury has ruled him out of the Euros, and he is set to spend a minimum of four weeks on the sidelines. Of course, Ibrahimovic might do the unthinkable and still play the following year’s world cup as his last marquee tournament before retiring, but we can only wait until then.
10) Erling Haaland – ST (Norway)
Erling Haaland’s rise has been nothing short of incredible to this point. He has been scoring goals for fun and has been a critical player for his club and country for the past two seasons. Sadly, he couldn’t make his team qualify for the Euros, and he will have to sit the Euros and watch the marquee event from him. He would be hoping that he can mark the tournament next time around and make his team qualify for the Euros.
These players are the biggest absentees from the tournament and would be looking forward to the next edition. Their involvement would have made the Euros more memorable and more sensational than it already is. The quality of the players on this list speaks for themselves, and nothing can be taken away.