With the Euro’s just around the corner, here’s my prediction for the team of the tournament with a twist, max one player per nation. The main reason for this is to stop me from putting 11 Welshmen in the team as we all know they’ll dominate like the last Euro’s.
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GK – Thibaut Courtois – Belgium
Belgium conceded 3 goals throughout the whole qualifying campaign and Courtois is one of the best keepers in the world. They also have one of the easier groups which I can easily see them keeping 3 clean sheets, which could be enough to land him the golden glove. I think that this tournament will break records in terms of amounts of goals scored and Belgium will be the anomaly.
RB – Alessandro Florenzi – Italy
Florenzi is on another team that has gone massively under the radar defensively. Italy only conceded 4 goals and won 10 out of 10 in their group. Italy could be a dark horse in this tournament and who knows how far they’ll go. Playing in all 10 games, Florenzi also got a goal and an assist from RB which if he does that in the tournament, could help him get into the team of the tournament.
CB – Aymeric Laporte – Spain
Yes Laporte is Spanish, since about last week. Failing to break into the French squad, Laporte has opted for Spain. He qualifies through having relatives from the Basque region, he also has a Spanish passport. With the shock omission of Sergio Ramos, Laporte will have some big boots to fill. There’s no doubting Laporte’s quality and I for one couldn’t believe he’d not played once for France. After not playing most the season for Manchester City, Aymeric will be going into the tournament wanting to prove himself. Laporte will easily be the best defender for Spain now Ramos isn’t there, which will only help him stand out if Spain keep clean sheets, and make it deep into the tournament team of the tournament.
CB – Matthijs De Ligt – Holland
Even though Van Dijk will be missing in action for Holland at the Euro’s, they still have a solid defensive outfit. De Ligt will be the main man in the back for Holland and you’d fancy them to get out of their group with ease. With Van Dijk out, all of the attention will be on De Ligt which may propel him into the team of the tournament, should he perform.
LB – Joakim Mæhle – Denmark
This is the guy I believe will be the zero to hero player of the Euro’s, The James Rodriguez esque transfer. Mæhle has recently come onto the international scene playing only 8 games. Denmark are one of the ‘Happy to be here’ teams but they have a great chance to get out of their group. Mæhle has scored twice for his nation and assisted once. If he brings his ‘A game’ to the Euro’s, I reckon he just might sneak into the team of the tournament.
CM – John McGinn – Scotland
Now this one is a longshot but hear me out. McGinn for me is one of the most underrated midfielders in the premier league. McGinn to Grealish is what Scotty Pippen was to Michael Jordan. Without McGinn there’s no Grealish. McGinn is incredible at winning the ball and playing it off, granted they’re in a tough group but I fancy them to get to the knockout stages. The only way they’re getting there is if McGinn has a worldie every game and that’s why he makes my team.
CM – Joshua Kimmich – Germany
One of if not the best defensive midfielder in the world at the moment. Kimmich will be the rock in midfield for Germany this summer and if they make it far, a lot of it could be down to him. Joshua also loves himself a goal when it matters most and they tend to be spectacular.
CAM – Bruno Fernandes – Portugal
From one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, to one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. For me will get the most assists in the Euro’s, especially with the talent he has around him. Portugal can go really far into the tournament and Bruno will be one of the main reasons for it.
RW – Gareth Bale – Wales
Is anyone really surprised I’ve put Bale in? If he can keep himself fit for the tournament he can easily get himself into the best 11. Wales have a tough group but all it takes is one free kick, one shot and Bale will score. If Wales can get as far as they did last time it will be largely down to this man. This will more than likely be his last Euro’s so why not go out in a flame of glory, and maybe take Wales that one step further than last time.
ST – Harry Kane – England
While the biggest story of Harry’s summer may be who he’ll be playing for come the start of next season, having a solid European campaign certainly won’t do him any harm. Kane will undoubtedly be the top goal scorer for England but can he get enough to bag himself the golden boot. Unfortunately for Kane, Panama aren’t in the Euro’s so let’s hope he can score as many against teams full of professionals.
LW – Kylian Mbappe – France
I don’t think there’s doubt in anyone’s mind that Mbappe will be in the team of the tournament. Mbappe has become the poster boy for international football, after his stellar display in the 2018 World Cup. Karim Benzema is back in the French squad and I can see this benefitting Mbappe massively, having someone hold up the ball and lay it off to him as he breaks through the defence. Could easily get the golden boot, regardless of being in the group of death.