Germany v Australia - International Friendly

The recently concluded European Championship was definitely not short of super stars’ supply, but some were missing for various reasons and we can only imagined how their countries would’ve faired with them in the France. Just for one last time hopefully, the Euros will be talked about, and here are 10 excellent players who didn’t make it to the tournament finals that took place between June 10th and July 10th.

MARCO REUS

The Dortmund winger will also probably fail to make the cut for the World Cup at Russia as he’s now notorious for getting injured whenever a tournament approaches. Having missed out the chance to represent his country at Brazil, many saw the Euros as his opportunity to make up for that disappointment. But no! Lady Luck wasn’t so helpful one more time. Reus is still injured having picked out a knock weeks to the tournament.

SAKHO

The 26-year-old central back was having a great season with Liverpool right until that famous comeback against Dortmund in the Europa League quarterfinals 2nd leg. But it came out that he tested positive to Fat Burners after the game against United in the competition, and was subsequently handed a 30-day ban. It appeared the substance wasn’t really banned and he was cleared of all charges. France and Liverpool stopped having him on their squad temporarily as they waited for UEFA’s verdict. Not guilty!

VARANE

The Real Madrid defender got a knock during a Champions League game on their run to victory, but he couldn’t shake it off before the Euros. Sadly, it was his only chance to get real action after having spent a majority of the time on the bench with the La Liga outfit last season.

DEJAN LOVREN

The Croatian defender had a great season for Liverpool but was not able to make the cut to represent his country despite that. He fell out with the coach during the qualifiers and was ousted from the side. He didn’t apologize as required of him and was ignored during the final squad selection.

KURT ZOUMA

The illustrious Chelsea defender recently got back on his feet after months of being helped around by clutches. He dislocated his ankle after landing awkwardly earlier in the year and was immediately sidelined for many months. Luckily for him, he didn’t get to experience the heartbreak others got against Portugal, or he might not have if he was fit enough to feature in the competition?

IKAY GUNDOGAN

The new Manchester City player isn’t even fit yet and will miss the beginning of the season after picking up a long-term injury towards the end of last season why on club duty for the Signal Iduna Park outfit. The midfielder might have prevented Germany’s semifinals exit if he were in the squad to France.

MATA

The World Cup winner has been in a battle for his career since Mourinho emerged as United’s new coach. He isn’t considered good enough by the Portuguese and erstwhile La Roja handler, Del Bosque felt the same way. He didn’t even make the supplementary list and hardly featured in the qualifiers and friendlies that preceded the tournament proper.

LACAZETTE

Deschamps preferred to backup Giroud with Gignac who plays in the Mexican league ahead of the hot-cake Ligue 1 striker. 21 and 27 league goals in his last 2 seasons for Lyon weren’t enough to convince the France chief he was good enough to make any impression for Les Bleus. Neither Giroud nor Gignac made lasting impressions anyways.

DRINKWATER

The EPL-winning midfielder was dropped by Roy Hodgson in favour of Jack Wilshere who only made 2 appearances all through last season as his battle for fitness lingered on. We all know how the story ends for the Three Lions after such a drastic decision.

VERRATTI

The PSG midfielder was definitely sorely missed by the Azzurri and Conte would have wished the youngster wasn’t injured in order to provide enough depth for his side. Marco picked up an injury during his club’s quarterfinals game against Chelsea in the Champions League last season and will rue his failed chance to have played under the new Chelsea coach.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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