Here are five stars we will be missing at Euro 2016!
With the majority of Europe’s most impressive footballing nations eventually sealing safe passage to Euro 2016 next summer, the hotly anticipated competition is certainly bound to excite by the final culmination of the 2015/16 domestic campaign.
However, although several big-name players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andres Iniesta will nonetheless be present at the upcoming international tournament – it seems some equally memorable faces will sadly be missing from the proceedings in France…
So then, as a selection of Europe’s traditional powerhouses notoriously failed to make it past the often testing qualification stages this season, here are five significant stars who will most likely be sitting at home predicting the results at Euro 2020 like the rest of us next summer…
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Although the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker may indeed be approaching the twilight stages of his career right in the here and now, Robin van Persie still arguably represents a world class striker worthy of plying his trade among the action in France.
Due to Holland’s unexplainable fall from grace throughout the course of the qualification stages however, the talented 32-year-old won’t be making any more flying-header-fuelled headlines at Euro 2016…unfortunately!
Despite Chelsea’s dramatic loss of domestic form among the Premier League this season, Asmir Begovic has nonetheless offered the Blues a rare glimmer of hope across the 2015/16 campaign – even as the obvious second-choice shot-stopper behind Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois.
The back-up ‘keeper down at Stamford Bridge will not be transferring his recent form among the international scene this summer, however, as Bosnia & Herzegovina seemingly couldn’t make it past the Republic of Ireland on route to the highly anticipated tournament.
Another high profile Chelsea player failing to make it to Euro 2016 also arrives in the form of Serbia’s Nemanja Matic – but if his most recent domestic displays are to prove anything to go by this season – maybe such a notion shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Along with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa across 2015/16, the no-nonsense battling midfielder just hasn’t managed to set the English top-flight alight this term, with a selection of his Serbian international teammates also looking somewhat lack-lustre on the international scene as of late.
Although Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form Tottenham Hotspur outfit have certainly been plugging along nicely throughout the course of the 2015/16 campaign, Spurs’ Christian Eriksen seemingly won’t be making an appearance at Euro 2016 due to Denmark’s prior failures across the qualification stages.
The Danes certainly possess a decent range of talent among their current ranks this term, but as very few of Morton Olsen’s men were quite up there with Eriksen when all is said and done, the determined Scandinavians nonetheless fell short of making it in the end…
What tournament could really complete without the quick-footed, bald-headed, easy-to-go-to-ground Bayern Munich winger solidly among the action? The answer could very well be, none.
Arjen Robben arguably goes down as one of the most effective players in world football at the moment – yet as was also the case for Robin van Persie before him – the 31-year-old Dutchman will sadly be missing out due to the unquestionable collective failure of the Netherlands national team.
At least no poor unwitting European side will invariably fall victim to a questionable last-minute penalty claim from the former Chelsea star next summer!
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