Euro 2016 Worst XI

Euro 2016 Worst XI

JULY 2016

I think it safe to say that Euro 2016 wasn’t a classic tournament. Yes, there were rare moments of brilliance and a couple of compelling stories, but as Alan Shearer rightly pointed out ‘Euro 2016 has been pretty dull’.

Given that it is probably the worst major tournament in my lifetime it seemed rather appropriate that I cobbled together the worst performing set of individuals from the last month.

Fair to say there is a rather healthy (or unhealthy is many ways) English representation to follow:

Joe Hart: hart

Do you even recall a save from the Manchester City man? Beaten by Bale’s free kick from the best part of 40 yards and then weak hands let Sigthorsson’s tame effort squirm in and ultimately knock England out. Two glaring errors in four games is not the form you’d expect from England’s top keeper. No wonder Pep is considering his options at the Etihad.

Jerome Boateng:boateng

Uninspiring to say the least. The German produced the form that meant he didn’t quite cut the mustard in the Premier League rather than that of a World Cup winner. And that hand ball against Italy?! What even was that?! It was more characteristic of a Netball block rather than competent defending.

Adil Rami: rami

It was a blessing in disguise for France that he was suspended from the Quarters onwards. He was brought in at the last minute due to injuries and was thrown in at the deep end, and in this case was done so without being able to swim. During the second round match against Ireland he looked very suspect.

Loic Cana:cana

One of the worst performances or so of the tournament by an individual. A meagre 36 minutes he lasted versus Switzerland before the most ludicrous handball ever (well, until Boateng’s) earned him his marching orders and ended his Euro 2016 early.

Alexanderdragovic Dragovic:

The highly rated Austrian almost single handedly eliminated his country in the group stages. He was sent off in their shock defeat to Hungary and missed a penalty in their crucial 2-1 defeat to Iceland. Can’t get much worse than that really.

Thomas Muller: muller

Yet again, the German failed to deliver at the Euros. He was good in the build up to things but when he was the man tasked with putting the ball in the net he faltered. A very disappointing showing from one of the best in Europe.

Dele Alli: alli

Having had a brilliant season with Spurs we expected big things from Deli, but he just didn’t offer anything near what we hoped. He didn’t look sharp. He didn’t have the same energy, looking lethargic at times.

Jack Wilshere: wilshere

Despite having the durability of a rich tea biscuit, Wilshere was picked for the squad ahead of Drinkwater and Noble, which was a travesty in itself, and to top that he offered next to nothing whenever he featured. If anything, we seemed to lose momentum and impetus whenever he played. When he’s fit he’s a good player, but when he’s not match ready he is practically a none entity.

sterlingRaheem Sterling:

Continuing on the England theme; Sterling received plenty of criticism and rightly so in my opinion. The 49 million pound man didn’t look interested half the time. Sterling rarely crossed the ball and as a winger in a 4-3-3 that’s kind of your job. Instead, he opted to run into trouble and frequently be dispossessed. Don’t even get me started on his “display” versus Wales.

Harry Kane:kane

Kane’s corners were nothing short of a calamity, but his free kicks were even worse. Why on earth did England persist with Kane on set pieces? In his defence he tried, and tried hard, almost too hard on occasions. After such a great year for Harry it was a shame to see him have such a stinker at the Euros.

seferovicHaris Seferovic:

Must be a Harry thing…. The Swiss striker had an abundance of chances in his three appearances’, particularly in the opener with Albania. The amount of 1v1’s he spurned is mind boggling. It seemed every shot he had he hit straight at the goalkeeper. I think someone needs some new shooting boots for the coming season.

Roy Hodgson: hodgson

But for bringing Vardy and Sturridge on at half time against Wales in Lens, Hodgson didn’t do an awful lot right all tournament. Things looked ominous in the warm up games when it was clear that despite the diamond working so brilliantly in the win over Germany he was going to persist with a 4-3-3 system. It soon became baffling when he chose just the one winger and five strikers to play a system that needed two wingers and one striker. It was then worrying when we couldn’t break down average sides like Russia and Slovakia. And then things became completely and utterly farcical when England was dumped out by Iceland after producing the most embarrassing performance for a generation. Best decision he made all tournament was to resign and that is the harsh reality of this campaign.

Not so honourable mentions:

Simone Zaza: What in God’s name was that penalty!!!????…… Don’t need to say any more really.

David Silva: Just me who thinks he was bang average this tournament? Never seems to shoot despite being in great positions.

Robert Lewandowski: Didn’t produce anything worthy of a mention in four games. He did score in the Quarter Final meeting with Portugal but apart from that he did nothing.

Ivan Perisic: Yes, he did have a very good tournament. He was particularly good against Spain. But, that haircut let him down massively. I mean he looks like a Battenberg!


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