Euro 2016: Underutilised XI of the tournament
Forming a playing XI with players who featured for less than 90 minutes.
After picking his playing XI, the manager is permitted to make only three substitutions. This results in players who had a decent run with their respective clubs spend most of the time on the bench.
Although it kills the fans to see their favourite club player on the sidelines, it must be understood that it takes some experience to excel at the international level and the managers cannot take risks at a major tournament.
This slideshow consists of players from various teams who failed to make an appearance or could only manage a playing time of less than 90 minutes. So let us take a look at the Unused XI at Euro 2016.
Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster (England) takes the spot ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany), owing to Joe Hart’s dismal performances between the sticks. Although failing to keep Gareth Bale’s free kick away didn’t prove costly, Hart’s blunder against Iceland did and led to England’s elimination.
Fraser Forster missed the first half of Premier League action owing to a knee injury. The Southampton shot-stopper made a dream return, recording six consecutive clean sheets and was rightly awarded Premier League Player of the Month for February.
Despite being a good goalkeeper, Forster failed to make an appearance ahead of the experienced Joe Hart as his sudden dip in form came as a surprise.