As the month of May is coming to an end, the grand tournament ‘Euro 2016’ is approaching closer. There have been many ups and downs this season, especially in the Premier League and La Liga. Many players are still fighting to prove their fitness, and yet there are many who have not been named in the provisional squad for the tournament.
This will surely be an entertaining competition, but the world will be missing many top names. Soon, all the teams will be travelling to France as the four-week feast of football is very near to get underway.
Here, we bring you the names of those 5 players, who should have been selected in their respective sides-
- Juan Mata (Spain)-
Juan Mata is considered as one of the most intelligent players on the pitch. He didn’t miss the 2014 world, or the 2012 Euro, but after an average season with Manchester United, Del Bosque decided to give him a rest by not selecting him in the 25-men Spanish squad.
Well, the root reason for him not been selected is surely the 2015-16 season. Manchester United were one of the worst side in attack this season, and the players are the only one to take the blame. The Spanish squad failed very badly in the 2014 World cup, and the side will be looking to get over it, so, they can take any risk with players not playing well off late.
- Diego Costa (Spain)-
Some call it karma, some call it luck, but the sensational Spanish striker has not been selected by Del Bosque for the competition. Maybe it is his aggression that cost him this, but thinking otherwise, Costa is a lethal striker who is capable of beating defenders all by himself. Aduriz, Morata and Nolito are surely a great choice, but Vasques in front of Costa is surely not acceptable.
Again, the reason for him to not get selected is his disastrous season, but if he is supported by the players like Iniesta, Saul and Silva, he can easily beat Morata and Aduriz to snatch the first place in the squad.
- Mark Noble (England)-
After having a great season with West Ham United under Slaven Bilic, the 29-year-old would have been crushed after hearing the news that he has not been named to join the English squad to Euro. Manchester City’s midfielder Fabian Delph and Arsenal’s ace Jack Wilshere made it after having just a handful of appearances to his name, but not Mark Noble.
He has been in a very fine form this season and scored 7 goals in his 37 appearances, but still he didn’t do enough to impress Roy Hodgson. Noble is still without an England cap despite having played more than 200 Premier League games for West Ham over 12 years at the club and, again, he has missed out.
- Dejan Lovren (Croatia)-
Dejan Lovren saw a great rise in his career under Jürgen Klopp this term and played a major role to take Liverpool in the Europa league final. Though the team lost to Sevilla in Basel, but his contribution can never be forgotten as he was the one who headed the ball into Dortmund’s goal to take the side through.
After Sakho was suspended, the workload was put onto Lovren’s shoulders and the Croatian did his job perfectly well. But, even after a tremendous second half of the season, he was dropped out of the 27-men Croatian side by his manager Ante Cacic. After his brilliant performances for the side, he deserves to be in the squad.
- Adil Rami (France)-
Sevilla didn’t have a great domestic campaign this season, but the side recently won their third consecutive UEFA Europa League title by defeating Liverpool. The side’s central defender Adil Rami isn’t a very big name, but he is a promising defender and the 30-year-old showed this last night.
Adil Rami was the one player, who was consistent all season, but has not been selected for the French squad that will be battling in the Euro next month. Eliaquim Mangala has been named by the manager even after a very bitter season.