Euro 2016

My team of the group stage

So, the Euro 2016 group stages are over with France, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, Italy, Spain, England and Iceland all going through. With the group stages at the Euro’s drawing to a close, I’ve decided to pick my team of the group stage.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Yann Sommer

The Swiss keeper just edges it for me with Northern Ireland ‘keeper Michael McGovern narrowly missing out. The Borussia Monchengladbach stopper has made some very impressive saves thus far whilst only conceding one goal during the group stages.

Right Back: Kyle Walker

In my opinion its very hard to look past Kyle Walker for this spot after he was England’s best player in their first two games, he’s been very good going forward, whilst solid at the back.

Centre Back: Leonardo Bonucci

The Italy and Juventus centre-half has been influential in Italy’s defence in which they’ve conceded one goal in their three matches in the group stages, Bonucci’s highlight will be his spectacular assist during the Italy vs Belgium game.

Centre Back: Jerome Boateng

The Bayern Munich centre half has played a major part in Germany’s backline who haven’t conceded in the group stages, Boateng maintained Germany’s defensive record with an impressive goal line clearance against Ukraine

Left Back: Darijo Srna

The Croatian captain has put in some solid displays this tournament at right back but I’ve had to squeeze him in at left back in this team, Darijo has done very well to carry on playing well consistently in this tournament despite personal tragedy.

Right Midfield: Ivan Perišić

The Croatian winger has been very productive in this tournament, he has created chance after chance as well as converting himself (2 goals, one assist.)

Centre Midfield: Andrés Iniesta

The experienced midfielder has been excellent for Spain during the group stages, using his world class passing ability to break down opposition defences.

Centre Midfield: Eric Dier

The Englishman has sat in front of the England defence well and is showing no signs of inexperience, Dier also scored England’s first goal of the tournament with a fine free kick against Russia.

Left Midfield: Dimitri Payet

Without a doubt the player of the tournament thus far! The West Ham man hasn’t put a foot wrong at the tournament and is France’s new star man!

Striker: Gareth Bale

You can’t look past the joint top scorer at the tournament, the Welshman has scored in every single game of the group stage! Bale is one of the main reasons Wales have made the knockout stages as well as being a great outlet with his pace.

Striker: Álvaro Morata

Three goals so far in this tournament, Alvaro has been a very reliable goal scorer for a dominant Spain side in which he has had to slightly adapt his style play to fit in.



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