UEFA Euro 2020: 5 biggest stars left out of France's squad

RB Leipzig's Upamecano will be joining Bayern Munich next season
RB Leipzig's Upamecano will be joining Bayern Munich next season

France will enter UEFA Euro 2020 next month as one of the favorites to win the competition.

The 2018 World Cup winners have an excellent squad with quality in every position. Manager Didier Deschamps is spoilt for choice and he has had to make some tough decisions while picking his squad for Euro 2020.

Some extremely talented players have missed out. From centre-backs to midfielders all the way to the attackers, France's quality has left everyone agape. The country, barring anything spectacular, will surely dominate the international scene for the next decade at the very least.

We look at the 5 biggest stars left out of France's squad for UEFA Euro 2020.


#5 Nabil Fekir (Real Betis)

Athletic Club v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga
Athletic Club v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga

Manuel Pellegrini's Real Betis finished 6th in La Liga this season and Nabil Fekir was arguably their most important player.

Fekir joined Real Betis in a surprise move from Lyon in 2019 for a fee of £17.7 million. The France international has impressed with his performances since joining the Spanish club, with his technical skills, creativity and dribbling all standing out.

Capable of playing in a variety of forward positions, Fekir was a part of the France squad which won the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The 27-year old made 33 La Liga appearances, scoring five goals and providing five assists. France could have used his skill-set at Euro 2020. Arsenal, Liverpool, Rennes and Inter Milan are all said to be tracking Fekir.


#4 Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)

Atalanta BC v AC Milan - Serie A
Atalanta BC v AC Milan - Serie A

France have named Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez and Everton's Lucas Digne as their left-back options for the Euro 2020 squad, but AC Milan's Theo Hernandez definitely deserved a place in the squad after an incredible season in Italy.

The 23-year old has been one of the best left-backs in the world since joining AC Milan from Real Madrid in 2019. An excellent dribbler and chance creator, Hernandez has chipped in with some important goals as well, and it was a little surprising to see him not included in the Euro 2020 squad.

Hernandez is yet to make his debut for France's senior squad. However, with France manager Didier Deschamps naming an uncapped Jules Kounde in the final squad for Euro 2020, Hernandez, after his stellar performances, should have been in the mix too.


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#3 Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)

SS Lazio v Stade Rennes: Group E - UEFA Europa League
SS Lazio v Stade Rennes: Group E - UEFA Europa League

One of the most in-demand young midfielders in world football, Eduardo Camavinga, missed out on the senior France squad for Euro 2020.

The 18-year old is already a regular in the Rennes First XI and has notched up 80 appearances in all competitions for the club. Capable of playing as a defensive midfielder or in central midfield, Camavinga's composure and defensive attributes have seen him linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

The youngster has earned three caps with France's senior squad and has scored a goal as well. Camavinga will surely be a mainstay for his country in years to come, but with the likes of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante named in the Euro 2020 squad, he will have to wait for the time being. Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Arsenal are said to be interested in signing the midfielder.


#2 Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur)

Tottenham Hotspur v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad: Group J - UEFA Europa League
Tottenham Hotspur v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad: Group J - UEFA Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur endured a poor 2020/21 campaign, but Tanguy Ndombele was one of their better players throughout the season.

Ndombele joined Tottenham Hotspur from Lyon in 2019 for an eye-watering fee of £54 million. Given France's quality in the midfield areas, Ndombele's exclusion is understandable, even though his unique abilities could have offered France manager Didier Deschamps something different at Euro 2020.

A good dribbler and chance creator, the 24-year old made 33 Premier League appearances, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Ndombele, like Camavinga, will have to be patient.


#1 Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga
RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga

One of the best young centre-backs in world football, it was surprising to see Deschamps opt for Barcelona's Clement Lenglet ahead of Dayot Upamecano for Euro 2020.

Upamecano will join Bayern Munich this summer from RB Leipzig and is highly-rated. The 22-year old is renowned for his passing ability and physical qualities, and given Lenglet's poor season, would have been a better option to have at Euro 2020.

France have the likes of Kurt Zouma, Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe as their other centre-back options, while Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez can play their as well. With such strong depth, Upamecano's exclusion from the Euro 2020 makes sense. However, he will surely be a part of the core for the France national team in the near future.


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Edited by Ashwin