The first, second and third XIs of the Euro 2020 contenders

Date published: Monday 7th June 2021 1:41 - Matthew Stead

Jadon Sancho and Timothy Castagne

Euro 2020 is less than a week away and it is time to examine the squad depth of the eight biggest contenders. This just in: France are good.

For a bit of fun, it’s time to look at the first, second and third possible unique XIs of the best nations heading to Euro 2020. Players not named in their country’s final squad for the tournament are in italics, while the notable absentees are made up only of recent call-ups. Sorry to Patrick Bamford and all of Leeds.

Let’s do it and get Euro 2020 fever.

 

France

First XI

Lloris

Pavard Varane Kimpembe Hernandez

Kante Pogba

Coman Griezmann Mbappe

Benzema

Second XI: Mandanda; Dubois, Zouma, Kounde, Digne; Tolisso, Rabiot, Sissoko; Dembele, Giroud, Lemar

Third XI: Maignan; Aguilar, Lenglet, Upamecano, Mendy; Ndombele, Aouar, Camavinga; Thuram, Ben Yedder, Martial

Notable absentees: Areola, Nzonzi, Fekir, Ikone

France celebrate

 

England

First XI

Pickford

Walker Stones Maguire Shaw

Rice J. Henderson Mount

Rashford Kane Foden

Second XI: D. Henderson; Trippier, White, Mings, Chilwell; Phillips, Bellingham, Grealish; Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Sterling

Third XI: Johnstone; James, Godfrey, Coady, Saka; Ward-Prowse, Lingard, Winks; Greenwood, Abraham, Watkins

Notable absentees: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Keane, Maitland-Niles, Ings, Barnes

Harry Maguire, John Stones and Jordan Henderson

 

Belgium

First XI

Courtois

Alderweireld Vertonghen Vermaelen

Meunier Dendoncker De Bruyne T. Hazard

Mertens E. Hazard

R. Lukaku

Second XI: Mignolet; Boyata, Denayer, Mechele; Castagne, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco; Doku, Trossard; Batshuayi

Third XI: Sels; Vanheusden, Delcroix, Bornauw; Foket, Praet, Vanaken, J. Lukaku; Januzaj, Chadli; Benteke

Notable absentees: Kaminski, Saelemaekers, Heynen, Lokonga, Verschaeren, De Ketelaere

Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku and Youri Tielemans

 

Germany

First XI

Neuer

Sule Hummels Rudiger

Kimmich Kroos Gundogan Gosens

Havertz Werner Gnabry

Second XI: Leno; Ginter, Koch, Can; Klostermann, Goretzka, Neuhaus, Halstenberg; Sane, Volland, Muller

Third XI: Trapp; Tah, Kehrer, Stark; Henrichs, Hofmann, Dahoud, Gunter; Younes, Waldschmidt, Musiala

Notable absentees: Ter Stegen, Max, Schulz, Wirtz, Brandt, Amiri, Draxler, Serdar

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz

 

Portugal

First XI

Patricio

Cancelo Fonte Dias Guerreiro

Pereira Carvalho Fernandes

B. Silva Ronaldo Felix

Second XI: Lopes; N. Semedo, Pepe, Duarte, Mendes; Moutinho, Sanches, Oliveira; Goncalves, A. Silva, Jota

Third XI: Rui Silva; Cedric, L. Neto, R. Semedo, Rui; Palhinha, Neves, Gomes; Rafa Silva, Paulinho, Guedes

Notable absentees: Sa, P. Neto, Trincao

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Spain

First XI

Simon

M. Llorente Torres Laporte Alba

Rodri Thiago Koke

Olmo Torres

Morata

Second XI: De Gea; Azpilicueta, D. Llorente, Garcia, Gaya; Busquets, Fabian, Pedri; Sarabia, Oyarzabal; Moreno

Third XI: Sanchez; Carvajal, Martinez, Ramos, Reguilon; Merino, Ceballos, Canales; Fati, Traore; Rodrigo

Notable absentees: Kepa, Porro, Roberto, Bellerin, Cucurella, Navas, Asensio, Campana, Gil

Aymeric Laporte

 

Italy

First XI

Donnarumma

Florenzi Bonucci Chiellini Emerson

Barella Jorginho Verratti

Chiesa Immobile Insigne

Second XI: Sirigu; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bastoni, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Cristante, Locatelli; Bernadeschi, Belotti, Kean

Third XI: Meret; Lazzari, Toloi, Mancini, Biraghi; Sensi, Castrovilli, Pessina; Berardi, Politano; Raspadori

Notable absentees: Cragno, Ferrari, Romagnoli, Calabria, Soriano, Mandragora, Grifo, El Shaarawy, Caputo

Marco Verratti talks to Ciro Immobile

 

Netherlands

First XI

Stekelenburg

Dumfries De Vrij De Ligt Blind

Wijnaldum Klaassen De Jong

Berghuis Depay Malen

Second XI: Krul; Veltman, Timber, Ake, Wijndal; De Roon, Van de Beek, Gravenberch; El Ghazi, De Jong, Promes

Third XI: Bizot; Tete, BotmanSt. Juste, Van Aanholt; Koopmeiners, Vilhena, Strootman; Stengs, Weghorst, Gakpo

Notable absentees: Cillessen, Hateboer, Karsdorp, Schuurs, Sinkgraven, Van Dijk, Propper, Bergwijn, Babel

Netherlands players

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