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Best XI players who failed to qualify for Euro 2020

By Ben Gray

Published: June 2, 2021 12:29 pm

Stars missing at Euro 2020

As was the case at Euro 2016, 24 of UEFA’s 55 members will compete at this summer’s European Championships.

The extra qualification slots helped Albania and Iceland make their debuts at a major finals five years ago and Finland and North Macedonia will do the same this year.

Despite this, some star players have not made it.

Below is our best XI of the players who didn’t manage to qualify for Euro 2020.

Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak – Slovenia

TALLINN, ESTONIA – AUGUST 15: Jan Oblak of Atletico holds the ball during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly, Jan Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.

In 2020/21, Oblak won La Liga for the first time, adding to the Supercopa de España, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup winners medals he’s accrued with Atlético Madrid.

He’s also won five consecutive Trofeo Ricardo Zamora awards; the trophy given to La Liga’s best goalkeeper.

He’s now joint-level with Víctor Valdés and Antoni Ramallets in the history of the Zamora Trophy.

Despite having Oblak in their ranks, Slovenia only amassed 14 points in Euro 2020 qualifying, finishing fourth in Group G below Poland, Austria and North Macedonia.

They then didn’t earn a play-off place either as a result of their 38th place finish in the UEFA Nations League 2018/19 overall ranking.

Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1992, Slovenia have qualified for three major tournaments: Euro 2000 and World Cups 2002 & 2010.

So, Oblak is yet to appear at a major competition; Samir Handanovič was the number one goalkeeper 11 years ago.

In more recent times, Slovania have got close, namely in Euro 2016 qualifying when Ukraine beat them 3-1 on aggregate in the play-offs.

He’s one of the best in the business but Oblak, who is Slovenia’s captain,…

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