Euro 2020’s group stage has come to an end. We’ve seen some thrilling matches thus far, and the knockout stage promises to be even better with a jam-packed schedule. Top players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, and Robert Lewandowski have already made an impression on the event.
Teams are starting to find their stride, and they will need to provide flawless performances from now on. With several of Europe’s top nations facing off in the Round of 16, the top players must put their best foot forward.
At Euro 2020, some high-profile players have yet to find their feet.
While numerous players have impressed, some players who were expected to thrive at Euro 2020 have not been able to rise to the occasion. They have done nothing noteworthy, and their clubs will be hoping for a different outcome in the knockout stages.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the biggest disappointments at Euro 2020..\
Phil Foden (#5) (England)
With one of the greatest and most well-rounded lineups in the tournament, England was anticipated to put on a show. They have yet to live up to their billing, and the only time they came near was in the opening half of their match against Czech Republic.
That was the game in which Gareth Southgate chose to make a change for the first time at Euro 2020. The offensive trio of Phil Foden, Harry Kane, and Raheem Sterling were slammed for their lackluster performance against Scotland.
Foden was particularly colorless, which was surprising given how well he concluded the 2020-21 season with Manchester City. Bukayo Saka was introduced to the fray in place of Foden, who was carrying a yellow card, which Southgate didn’t want to risk.
Saka, on the other hand, boosted England’s offensive, and his exquisite touches and quick twists made him a constant threat in the final third. Southgate will almost certainly recall Foden for the Round of 16, but he will have to raise up his game against Germany, who will be difficult to break down.
👏 “I think Saka starts v Germany. I don’t know if Foden gets straight back in.”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 23, 2021
🙌 “Sterling will play, Kane will start, it’ll be the same back 5, Rice with Phillips.”
🔥 “I’d go Saka, Grealish & Sterling.”
Jason Cundy predicts #ENG’s line up to face #GER pic.twitter.com/LYSpUXeSNa