Three of England’s Euro 2020 heroes, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, and Kyle Walker, have been chosen in UEFA’s official squad of the tournament, which was announced on Tuesday and is dominated by five Italian champions.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma beat England’s No. 1 Jordan Pickford to the spot, while Three Lions captain Harry Kane and any of Gareth Southgate’s midfielders were left out.
Giorgio Chiellini, Italy’s captain, was also left out, with centre defense partner Leonardo Bonucci picked, while Pedri, an 18-year-old winger who shined for Spain throughout the tournament, was the most surprising inclusion in the eleven.
Five Italian players were picked in the team, including Jorginho (L) and Leonardo Bonucci (R). Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma also pipped Jordan Pickford to the goalkeeper’s spot in the team. TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy) DEF – Kyle Walker (E) TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma (
Pickford, on the other hand, can consider himself unlucky, having only allowed twice in his first five games and saving two penalty kicks in Sunday’s thrilling climax.
Kyle Walker of Manchester City is at right back for the 4-3-3 formation chosen by the panel, with the fast defender impressing over the four weeks.
Despite missing the first two group-stage games against Croatia and Scotland, Maguire is named in the starting XI at center back, alongside star of the match in the final Bonucci, who also scored Italy’s equalizer in the second half.
Leonardo Spinazzola was a prominent member of Italy’s left back line until a severe achilles tendon injury in the quarter-final triumph over Belgium cut short his campaign, however he stayed with the side on their way to glory.
Before his injury in the quarter-final, Leonardo Spinazzola was one of Italy’s important men at left back. Spanish 18-year-old Pedri is featured in the team of the tournament after catching the eye. In midfield, Italy’s Jorginho is paired with Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with both holding midfielders integral to their countries’ first-class campaigns, notably Hojbjerg in the Danes’ run.
Pedri, a wide midfielder for Barcelona, is the third midfielder chosen, having made history as the youngest player to represent Spain at a European Championships.
Then up front, Federico Chiesa is picked to the squad, with his individual goal against Spain in the semi-finals one of the tournament’s best – he finished with two goals.
Beside him is Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, who scored four goals as Roberto Martinez’s team lost in the quarterfinals, while Sterling was England’s standout man and scored three times in his greatest major tournament to date.
There was no room for Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the Golden Boot with Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic with five goals, and who also missed the cut.
The XI was chosen by a UEFA technical observer team comprised of 16 former players and coaches, including West Ham manager David Moyes, ex-Ireland international Robbie Keane, and former England manager Fabio Capello.
EURO 2020 TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT SELECTED BY UEFA