England football again disappointed everyone, getting knocked out in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016 by so called minnows Iceland. But over 100 players have represented the Premier League. Performances of some of them showed why the Premier League is called one of the best leagues in the world.
Here are five Premier League players that attract casual football lovers:
1. Kevin De Bruyne:
Belgium produced their own golden generation. They were still knocked out in the quarterfinal by Wales. But some of them really impressed. Kevin De Bruyne is certainly one of them. Nowadays, he is probably not a stranger to the football lovers after his big-money move to Manchester City. Before and after that he has been famous for his assists and key passes. He can score goals himself too.
De Bruyne did not score in the EURO but made two assists. Along with that, he had created lots of chances and key passes which others failed to capitalise, unfortunately. Still, his performance will be well remembered. With a bit support of his teammates, Belgium can go a little further.
2. Aaron Ramsey:
Wales qualified for a major competition after 50 years. And they are the semifinalists of this Euro. Many players helped them a lot. Bale led from the front, but this man has a major contribution. The Arsenal man bossed the whole midfield in the tournament. He scored a goal and assisted further four. His absence may be the reason for the knocking out of Wales in the semifinal.
3. Ashley Williams:
Bale led the attack, Ramsey dominated in the midfield and Ashley Williams gave dependency in the back. He, along with fellow defenders, stood firm against the flow of attacks. Especially, against England and Russia, his performances were praiseworthy. He scored an all-important equaliser against Belgium which eventually they won 3-1. The Swansea man performed very well in the domestic stage but probably the first time his performance was watched on international stage.
5) Jose Fonte:
There are only two Premier League representatives in the Champion Portuguese side. Both are from Southampton, Cedric Soares and Jose Fonte. The later impressed the most. He did not feature in the first three games. But since then he gave solidity in the deep defence. He only conceded one goal in his 450 minutes on the pitch which is remarkable. His tackling, anticipations, strength, defending is really admirable. His leadership from the back is one of the reasons for success. He is one of the main soldiers of Portugal in the title winning run.
4) Dimitry Payet
The host France had lots of controversies for team selections before the tournament. But they finished runner-up. Payet had a wonderful season in West Ham United. But it was unlikely for him to start ahead of Martial of Manchester United and Coman Bayern Munich. Not only he started, but he booked a place in top five. He started with a bang. He scored and assisted in the first match against Romania. He scored another two and a further assist. He failed to perform as expected in the last two matches, but still, his value in transfer market may increase after that.
3) Eden Hazard
Another player from Belgium’s golden generation is Eden Hazard. The Chelsea star did not have a good season with his club. But he had a very good performance in Belgium colours. He scored a magnificent goal and recorded 4 assists in the tournament. He created chances, toyed with opponent defence and ripped them apart. It looks like Hazard is getting his touch back, which is good news for Chelsea fans. Just like De Bruyne, he was unfortunate to be knocked out prematurely.
2) Laurent Koscielny
One of the main reasons for France’s success in Euro is their defence. They had an immense problem to organise the defence after injury of Varane, Laporte and suspension of Sakho. But still, this Arsenal man firmed the defence, first with Rami then with Umtiti. They only conceded five goals in the whole tournament and Koscielny is responsible for most of these. His effort against Germany is one of the highlights of it.
1) Hugo Lloris
And the France defence was well backed up by their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Since the first match he made saves after saves. He made fourteen saves all total and four punches. His anticipations and domination in the penalty box is really wonderful. This list is dominated by London clubs. The Tottenham man’s this performance is one of the best in this whole Euro.
Which Premier League player did you like the most in the EURO? Let us know in the comments below!