Big stars will watch Euro 2016 on TV

Ti­mothy Molobi looks at some of the big­gest names that will be miss­ing when Euro 2016 starts in France on Fri­day

CityPress - - Sport -

Last week, all the par­tic­i­pat­ing Euro 2016 coun­tries submitted their fi­nal lists of play­ers to take part in the tour­na­ment, and there were some big omis­sions from those fi­nal squads. At every ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, fans revel in the chance to see the best play­ers on the most im­por­tant stage.

But some­one spe­cial al­ways misses out, and Euro 2016 will be no dif­fer­ent.

Every time, there are those un­lucky few who are de­nied a place at the fi­nals af­ter in­jury strikes at the very worst time – such as Real Madrid right back Dani Car­va­jal, who suf­fered in­jury heart­break last week­end – or be­cause of the va­garies of se­lec­tion.

Some of the best play­ers in Eu­rope were al­ways go­ing to miss the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, given that only 24 coun­tries com­pete, but it must be an even more bit­ter pill to swal­low for those who helped their coun­tries to qual­ify in the first place.

Car­va­jal was ruled out of the Span­ish squad for the show­down with a hip in­jury sus­tained in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. His in­jury added him to a num­ber of Uefa Cham­pi­ons League stars who will be miss­ing from the tour­na­ment.

He joins the likes of Karim Ben­zema and Raphaël Varane, who will have to forgo the event on home soil. Ben­zema has blamed his omis­sion on racism. The French star, who was left out of the team along with Hatem Ben Arfa, has ac­cused team man­ager Di­dier Deschamps of bow­ing to pres­sure from a racist po­lit­i­cal party with his se­lec­tions for France’s Euro 2016 squad.

Deschamps left out the Real Madrid striker af­ter the na­tional fed­er­a­tion ruled against his re­turn af­ter he was charged with con­spir­acy to black­mail last year as part of an investigation into an al­leged at­tempt to ex­tort money from his na­tional squad team-mate Mathieu Val­buena.

Ear­lier this week, for­mer France in­ter­na­tional Eric Can­tona agreed that Ben­zema and Arfa had been ruled out of the squad be­cause of their eth­nic­ity.

Hosts France will also miss the in­jured Kurt Zouma, and Ma­madou Sakho, who had just com­pleted his 30day pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied by Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body of a dop­ing of­fence re­lat­ing to a test taken in March.

Spain coach Vi­cente del Bosque has also left some big names off his squad list.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, who won the tro­phy in 2008 and 2012, will have to make do with­out Juan Mata, Diego Costa and Fer­nando Tor­res.

Eng­land have their fair share of prob­lems too, as Danny Wel­beck and Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain have been ruled out be­cause of in­juries.

Bel­gium and Manch­ester City cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany is also miss­ing from ac­tion, with a thigh in­jury.

But the un­luck­i­est player to miss out has to be Ger­many’s Marco Reus, who also missed the 2014 ver­sion. His in­jury trou­bles con­tinue to plague him. World cham­pi­ons Ger­many are with­out İlkay Gün­doğan, who sus­tained a knee in­jury in the last few weeks of the Bun­desliga sea­son.

Italy have their own woes af­ter Paris Sain­tGer­main mid­fielder Marco Ver­ratti suf­fered a groin in­jury that ruled him out.

Veteran play­maker An­drea Pirlo has been left out by coach An­to­nio Conte.

Por­tu­gal left back Fábio Coen­trão will also not be go­ing to France.

One of the more sur­pris­ing omis­sions must be De­jan Lovren of Croa­tia af­ter his fall­out with head coach Ante Čačić.

But the cham­pi­onship re­mains richly star-stud­ded and, as ever, only the finest foot­ball should be on dis­play.

PHOTO: BRYN LEN­NON / GETTY IM­AGES PHOTO: TULLIO M PUGLIA / GETTY IM­AGES

SIDE­LINED Danny Wel­beck has suf­fered yet an­other in­jury, which has ruled him out of Euro 2016 BIG BLOW Italy will be with­out Marco Ver­ratti

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