5 Italians, no Ronaldo on the Euro 2020 team of the tournament



Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saves England’s Jadon Sancho during the penalty shoot-out of the 2020 European Football Championship final between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday 11 July 2021. (Paul Ellis / Pool via AP)


Five players from European champions Italy and no Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé or Robert Lewandowski have joined the official UEFA team for the tournament announced on Tuesday.

The attacking trio included Federico Chiesa alongside Raheem Sterling from defeated finalists England and Romelu Lukaku from Belgium, who lost to Italy in the quarter-finals.

Ronaldo won the Golden Shoe with five goals, as did Patrick Schick from the Czech Republic, who was also overlooked by the UEFA expert committee of 16 coaches and former players.

Lukaku, who scored four goals in four games, is the only one of the six top scorer at Euro 2020 included in the roster.

Mbappé failed to score in four games and saved his crucial penalty when France were knocked out against Switzerland in the round of 16.

Currently the best FIFA player in the world, Lewandowski scored three goals in three games but Poland finished bottom of the group.

England captain Harry Kane scored four goals but failed to make it into the team, which included teammates Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire in defense.

Italy’s line-up included the official top player of the tournament, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Leonardo Spinazzola, and midfielder Jorginho.

Voters included Fabio Capello, Robbie Keane, Esteban Cambiasso and David Moyes.


UEFA Euro 2020 team of the tournament

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

Defenders: Kyle Walker (England), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy), Harry Maguire (England), Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy)

Midfielder: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark), Jorginho (Italy), Pedri (Spain)

Forwards: Federico Chiesa (Italy), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Raheem Sterling (England).


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