Team Of The Tournament So Far

...includes Ashley Cole, according to a complicated algorithm that we won't even pretend to understand. We're particularly baffled by the inclusion of Sean St Ledger...

Last Updated: 12/06/12 at 14:02 Post Comment

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Based on the first round of games, www.Squawka.com has analysed the performance of each player using the Squawka Player Performance Index - an algorithm that crunches over 2.5million on-ball actions to definitively show the highest performing players in all positions through the disciplines of attack, possession and defence.

As you can see, Ashley Cole is England's only representative and there's a surprise place for Sean St Ledger, despite Ireland shipping three goals against Croatia. We won't pretend to know how they work it all out but the results are as follows (with Squawka points in brackets)...

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer, Germany (96.03)

Right-Back: Simon Poulsen, Denmark (78.1)

Centre-half: Mats Hummels, Germany (101.23)

Centre-half: Sean St Ledger, Ireland (110.02)

Left-back: Ashley Cole, England (55.64)

Defensive midfielder: Daniele De Rossi, Italy (95.01)

Central midfielder: Xavi Hernandez, Spain (116.09)

Central midfielder: Wesley Sneijder, Holland (95)

Forward: Alan Dzageov, Russia (131.93)

Forward: Samir Nasri, France (93.04)

Striker: Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine (56.89)

Sanj Atwal, co-founder of Squawka.com said: "We have picked a team that has the right balance of each skill set and can not only provide goals but also keep hold of the ball. The defence - with De Rossi covering them either as a sweeper or as a holding midfielder - is a mix of no-nonsense tacklers and ball players. Sean St Ledger isn't in this team just because he scored a goal - he was already way ahead as man of the match before he nodded in for the Republic of Ireland Vs Croatia and showed much in terms of headed duels and possession.

"The midfield duo of Xavi and Sneijder will keep the game moving into dangerous areas and dictate the pace of play - both ranked very highly in terms of keeping the ball. The front three of Dzagoev, Nasri and Schevchenko have all scored goals in the tournament so far and are, respectively, the first, second and third highest at attacking opposing teams. Schevchenko is interesting because even though his overall score isn't that high compared to the rest of the team, he is still the highest scoring striker. What is clear is that this team would be enough to trouble anyone."

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