Absentee XI: A team of stars set to miss out on the European Championship

Injury, poor form and manager preference have accounted for several big names when selections have been made.
Absentee XI: A team of stars set to miss out on the European Championship

By PA Sport Staff

With Euro 2020 now a matter of weeks away, national coaches are starting to finalise their selections for the cross-continental competition and not every top-flight star can be included.

Here, the PA news agency looks at 11 players who were notable absentees from their country’s squads.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

The Barcelona goalkeeper is missing from the Germany group due to injury. The 29-year-old recently revealed he needs a knee procedure.

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos will not tangle with Kai Havertz at Euro 2020 (Adam Davy/PA)

Real Madrid centre-back Ramos, 35, has been struggling with injury and has only played one game since the end of March, meaning he misses out for Spain.

Virgil Van Dijk

The Liverpool defender’s season was brought to a premature end by a serious knee injury in October. Holland will probably miss him as much as the Reds did.

Emerson Palmieri

Emerson Palmieri
No room for Emerson Palmieri in the Italy squad (Clive Rose/PA)

Chelsea defender Palmieri has been an Italy regular under Roberto Mancini but was left out of the latest squad.

Ricardo Pereira

The Leicester full-back has suffered an injury-hit season but is back to fitness and can consider himself unlucky to miss out for Portugal.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier
Eric Dier will not celebrate with England this summer (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Dier – an England hero from the 2018 World Cup – endured a torrid campaign for Tottenham, with a string of goal-costing errors sealing his fate.

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben played for Holland for 14 years but retired in 2017 (PA)

The winger is now 37 and has come out of retirement. Robben said he would make himself available if Holland boss Frank De Boer came calling. The call never came.

Kevin Strootman

The midfielder has impressed while on loan at Genoa from Marseille, but not enough to make the cut for Holland.

Marco Reus

Marco Reus
Marco Reus was a star of Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2014 (PA)

Borussia Dortmund’s captain was thought to be on the verge of a Germany recall but he ruled himself out in order to focus on recovering after a “very intense” season.

Hal Robson-Kanu

Wales v Belgium – UEFA Euro 2016 – Quarter Final – Stade Pierre Mauroy
Hal Robson-Kanu scored a memorable goal against Belgium at Euro 2016 (PA)

The West Brom forward was one of Wales’ stars of Euro 2016, scoring a memorable goal in the 3-1 quarter-final win over Belgium, but he was a notable absentee this time around.

Patrick Bamford

The second-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League behind Harry Kane, but Bamford’s impressive form for Leeds could not persuade Gareth Southgate to pick him.

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