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.
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. http://gty.im/518316786
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.