Euro 2016: The Best XI of the Group StagesPublished June 23, 2016
Euro 2016 has certainly lived up to the hype so far.
Over the past two weeks, football fans have been treated to some exciting games, pieces of individual brilliance, and of course the odd upset, as teams who were tipped to fail in France this summer have defied all odds.
As we say goodbye to the group stages and prepare to enter the knockout rounds of the competition, we at Free Bets, have selected our Best XI of Euro 2016 at the tournament so far.
Manuel Neuer (Germany)
The German keeper has kept three clean sheets and looks to be back to his brilliant best, though, tougher tests await in the last 16.
Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland)
The Swiss full-back has been a constant threat down the left side, and is proving why there is such interest in his services from clubs across Europe.
Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
One third of the Juventus trio which have defended expertly so far in France. Two clean sheets out of two, and an outrageous assist for Emanuele Giaccherini’s opener against Belgium.
Andrea Barzagli (Italy)
Like his defensive colleague, the 35-year-old, has been as solid as rock during the Italians’ unbeaten start to the competition.
Artur Jędrzejczyk (Poland)
The 28-year-old has been one of the unsung heroes for a Poland side that will need to be taken seriously as we enter the last 16.
Sami Khedira (Germany)
A constant performer. The 29-year-old been a calming influence in the middle of the park, and has been crucial to Germany’s progression as group winners.
Sergio Busquets (Spain)
The 27-year-old enforcer has been dominant for Vicente Del Bosque’s side, and you won’t find a better defensive midfielder in world football.
Dimitri Payet (France)
Arguably the player of the tournament so far. The 29-year-old has scored some outstanding goals, and has become the French talisman ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
The 27-year-old has netted twice in France, including a last minute winner against Spain to ensure Croatia’s progress to the last 16 as unlikely group winners.
Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland)
The Dortmund winger has worked tirelessly for the cause down the right-hand side, and has provided both an assist and a goal for Adam Nawałka’s side.
Gareth Bale (Wales)
The Real Madrid superstar is currently the top goalscorer at the tournament, and his three goals have sent Wales through as group winners, ahead of England.