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Crocked XI: A Strong Team Of Players Who Will Not Play In Euro 2016 Due To Injury

Crocked XI: A Strong Team Of Players Who Will Not Play In Euro 2016 Due To Injury
By Mikey Traynor
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In the months leading up to a major tournament, any time a player goes down and doesn't roll around in faux-agony becomes a very worrying sight for international football fans.

While being sure to touch wood while typing this, it seems as though Ireland have been very lucky with injuries in comparison to our group rivals Belgium and Italy, who have lost key players for this summer's tournament.

But they are not the only ones, as across Europe some very unlucky players have been hit by an injury at the worst possible time, and we have formed a strong team out of the ones who won't be going to France this summer.

GK - Jack Butland - England

After a fantastic season for Stoke, Butland broke his ankle on England duty in a friendly, throwing the age old question as to why they exist back into the public eye. He would have been backup to Joe Hart, but a very good backup to have.

RB - Fabio Coentrao - Portgual

Doing a shift for this team at right-back is Monaco full-back Fabio Coentrao who will be missing for Portugal in France.

CB - Vincent Kompany - Belgium

Regardless of what he may or may not have done against Ireland, it was terribly sad to see Kompany again face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he pulled up against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

CB - Kurt Zouma - France


One of the few bright spots from the first half of Chelsea's season, Zouma has been a big loss for the blues and most likely would have featured for les bleus had he been fit.


LB - Benoit Tremoulinas - France

Sevilla coped just fine without him against Liverpool, but France will again be missing a defender as Tremoulinas had taken Evra's spot at left-back. It will now be between Evra and Lucas Digne of Roma for the starting role.

CDM - Marco Verratti - Italy

What a massive blow for Italy. The PSG man is one of the finest midfielders in Europe and would likely have shone in France this summer.

CM - Ilkay Gundogan - Germany

Another one who has a terrible history with injuries, Dortmund's Gundogan will likely be looking for a new club this summer while he watches Euro 2016 from home.


CM - Claudio Marchisio - Italy

As if Verratti's loss wasn't enough, Marchisio, on the back of a superb season for Juve, will also miss out leaving the Azzurri very short on midfielders.

RW - Denis Cheryshev - Russia

Having impressed at Valencia on loan from Real Madrid, Cheryshev would have been hoping to help contirbute to a perhaps underrated Russian side going into the summer's competition.

LW - Alan Judge - Ireland

The only Irishman on the list, Judge would have been very unlikely to start but after a fantastic season in the Championship, most Irish fans were looking forward to seeing what he could do.


ST - Danny Welbeck - England

Yet another crushing injury for Welbeck, you could see it on his face as he limped off against Man City that is was going to ruin his summer plans. So unlucky.

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