Eden Hazard- Belgium
- The exciting attacker has just sealed a £32m move to Chelsea so it’s a shame that fans won’t be able to have a preview of his talents. He has had an excellent season with Lille scoring 20 goals along with 15 assists. Whether he will able to play as well in the Premier League remains to been seen.
Gareth Bale- Wales
- The Spurs flyer has had a rapid rise to fame since his hat-rick against Inter Milan. He is the source of constant transfer rumors, with Barcelona said to be interested. Hopefully his international career doesn’t follow the path of fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs who failed to make an appearance at any international tournament.
Gylfi Sigurdsson- Iceland
- Iceland have never been a strong international nation but have produced some good players. Following on from his good form for Swansea Sigurdsson looks to follow his former manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool. He is a classy midfielder who has a tremendous free kick in his arsenal.
Gokhan Inler- Switzerland
- A central midfielder who has the touch of flamboyance about him. When he signed for Napoli he showed up to the press conference in a lion mask. A good passer of the ball who likes to shoot from distance. English fans may remember him for his goal against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Marek Hamsik- Slovakia
- The captain of Napoli and part of an exciting attacking trio for his club. He was part of the Slovakian side that made the 2010 world cup that drew 0-0 with England. He is a player that had been tipped for great things early in his career and has already won over 50 caps for his nation at the age of 24.
Stephan Lichtsteiner- Switzerland
- A vital part of the Juventus side that won the Italian title undefeated. The full back has the ability to play of either flank and has proved the solution to Juventus long running full back problem. He is very good with the ball at his feet and an excellent crosser of the ball he could have really shone at this tournament.
Mirko Vucinic- Montenegro
- A player very much in the Berbatov mold. A very good technical striker but has never been the most prolific. He scored some vital goals for Juventus this season and was part of a Roma side that played some exciting football under then manager Luciano Spalletti. A player that could really excite the fans in a short tournament like the Euros.
Branislav Ivanovic- Serbia
- The powerful Serb defender had a solid season for Chelsea and it was a shame a player of his talent missed out on playing in the Champions League final. He has the ability to play center back or full back and that versatility has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Vincent Kompany- Belgium
- Arguably the best defender in the Premier League and captain of Manchester City. His form and leadership helped City to their first title in 44 years. A player of tremendous skill he could have been a stand out defender in a competition that is lacking in outstanding defenders. He also offers a goal threat from set pieces as Man United fans will know.
Nuri Sahin- Turkey
- Turkey have a strong player roster and after their performance at Euro 08 it’s a shame they won’t be there again. Sahin is a young playmaker tipped to be a super star. He hasn’t been given the opportunity to show what he can do at Real Madrid this season. The Euros would have been the perfect foil for a poor personal domestic season.