Euro 2020 Tournament Team: From Donnarumma to Sterling | Euro 2020

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Confirmed his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world with a brilliant performance in the final which earned him the UEFA Player of the Tournament award, awarded by a jury made up of Fabio Capello, Robbie Keane and David Moyes. Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel, England’s Jordan Pickford and Switzerland’s Yann Sommer pushed Donnarumma closely, but the 22-year-old who is set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer was an imposing figure in the Azzurriformidable defense.

Right-back: Kyle Walker (England)

Walker was rarely allowed to show his attacking ability, but was a solid presence in defense and his versatility allowed England to seamlessly switch between formations. Denzel Dumfries was sensational for the Netherlands in the group stage and Denmark’s Jens Stryger Larsen also impressed, but Walker narrowly edits the unlikely Italian star Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

Center-back: Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

The quickest to react, scoring Italy’s equalizer in the final and had a defensive masterclass against Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The 34-year-old reveled in his post-match victory lap at Wembley, telling English fans who remained to “eat more pasta”, and ended up contributing four clean sheets and scoring during shootout wins in the semi-finals and the final. .

Center-back: Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)

On the contrary, the 36-year-old seems to improve with age. He sometimes led his team to victory in cold blood – just ask Buyako Saka. Harry Maguire deserves credit for his performance after being injured in the tournament, and Simon Kjær has been an inspiring leader for Denmark. But the captain of this team has to be Chiellini.

Left-back: Luke Shaw (England)

Sidelined from the opener against Croatia for Kieran Trippier, the Manchester United defender was outstanding in both positions he was asked to play and in addition to starting and ending the brilliant goal of the England in the final, he contributed three assists. Leonardo Spinazzola was another serious contender before his tournament was sorely interrupted by injury in Italy’s quarter-final victory over Belgium, and Joakim Mæhle brought another dimension to Denmark’s attacking game.

Luke Shaw of England runs with the ball. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / The FA / Getty Images

Midfielder: Pedro (Spain)

The 18-year-old took his Barcelona form on the international stage and finished with the award for best young player, having made 429 of the 465 passes he attempted in six matches – a 92% success rate. Dominating an Italian midfielder containing Marco Verratti and Nicolò Barella takes time and Pedri should be at the heart of the Spanish squad for many years to come.

Midfielder: Jorginho (Italy)

He was lucky not to be sent off in the final for a terrible challenge against Jack Grealish and missed the chance to win the shootout, but Jorginho was the tournament’s best deep midfielder. Declan Rice performed well but struggled to maintain his intense work rate for 90 minutes and Sergio Busquets recovered his best after suffering from Covid. However, Jorginho – the 10th player to win the Champions League and the Euro in the same season – dictated Italy’s play to perfection.

Midfielder: Kalvin Phillips (England)

An indication of the growing importance of the Leeds midfielder to Gareth Southgate as the tournament progressed was that he stayed for every minute of the semi-final and final. Phillips appeared to grow up after scoring the game-winning goal against Croatia. Georginio Wijnaldum, Kevin De Bruyne and Renato Sanches had their moments but none could match the consistency of the player who started his career at Wortley Juniors.

Forward: Federico Chiesa (Italy)

Was used as a successful substitute in extra time against Austria and became Italy’s most dangerous attacking player from that point on. Chiesa was Gerard Pique’s choice for player of the tournament and it was visible how much Roberto Mancini’s side missed him after he came out of the final in overtime. Swede Emil Forsberg and Dane Mikkel Damsgaard also made a strong impression but were unable to compete with Chiesa.

Italian Federico Chiesa celebrates after scoring against Spain.
Italian Federico Chiesa celebrates after scoring against Spain. Photograph: Frank Augstein / AP

Center-forward: Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)

In a tournament where many well-known forwards failed to catch fire, it was the player who scored the tournament goal against Scotland who continued to find the net. Despite his five goals in five matches, Schick missed Cristiano Ronaldo’s Golden Boot because the Portuguese striker registered an assist, but the intelligent movement of the 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player created problems for each. opponent.

Forward: Raheem Sterling (England)

England’s most capped player at Euro 2020 entered the tournament with a lot of questioning of his place, but ended it with three goals and a belated acknowledgment of his importance. He will remain unpopular with some Danish fans after the controversial semi-final penalty, but was a real contender for the title of player of the tournament without Italy’s triumph.

Substitutes Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark), Joakim Mæhle (Denmark), Harry Maguire (England), Marco Verratti (Italy), Mikkel Damsgaard (Denmark), Karim Benzema (France)

Manager: Roberto Mancini (Italy)

Kasper Hjulmand acted with great dignity and galvanized Denmark after the shock of Christian Eriksen’s loss in their opener and Gareth Southgate smashed England’s hoodoos by beating Germany and reaching the final . Still, the way Mancini responded by conceding an early goal in the final and transforming the game was further proof of the former Manchester City manager’s tactical wit.

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