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The Euro 2020 Team of the Group Stage, according to FanTeam’s scoring system

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:21, 25 June 2021 | Updated: 14:01, 29 June 2021

The Euro 2020 group stage is now over and the starting 24 teams have been whittled down to 16.

We’ve already witnessed some big clashes and dazzling individual displays (with hopefully more to come), so let’s take a look back at the group stage’s top performers, as decided by their FanTeam scores.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (England)

  • FanTeam price: 7.0M
  • Points scored: 20.6
  • Key stat: Jordan Pickford has kept a clean sheet in all three of his Euro 2020 appearances.

Offensively, England have left a lot to be desired. But they’ve been rock-solid at the back and went through the group stage without conceding a single goal. As a result, Jordan Pickford hasn’t had too much to do, but the Everton shot-stopper has been reliable when called upon.

In his three games so far, Pickford has made four saves, with two of those coming against Croatia and one apiece vs Scotland and Czech Republic.

Defender: Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands)

  • FanTeam price: 5.9M
  • Points scored: 28.1
  • Key stat: Denzel Dumfries has scored more goals than any other defender at Euro 2020 so far.

One of the players of Euro 2020 so far has been Netherlands wing-back Denzel Dumfries, a one-man advertisement for why Netherlands play three-at-the-back. The PSV man scored two goals in three group stage games, finding the net against Ukraine and Austria while also winning a penalty against the latter.

Dumfries has also helped Netherlands keep two clean sheets against Austria and North Macedonia as they won all three of their Group C matches. His performances have reportedly led to interest from Everton and, more recently according to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich.

Defender: Aymeric Laporte (Spain)

  • FanTeam price: 6.0M
  • Points scored: 20.3
  • Key stat: Aymeric Laporte has completed the second-most passes in Euro 2020 so far (259).

For a while it looked as if Spain would struggle to qualify for the last-16 of Euro 2020, having drawn both their opening matches. But they set up a last-16 tie with Croatia thanks to a 5-0 rout of Slovakia, where Aymeric Laporte scored his first goal for the nation.

The win also resulted in Laporte’s second clean sheet of Euro 2020, with Spain also keeping out Sweden in their opening Group E match.

Defender: Thomas Meunier (Belgium)

  • FanTeam price: 5.7M
  • Points scored: 18.9
  • Key stat: Thomas Meunier has scored one goal and recorded one assist in three games at Euro 2020.

Belgium have one of the best defensive records at Euro 2020, conceding just once in their opening three matches when Denmark took the lead against them. Meunier has been a big part of that defence, playing 168 minutes at wing-back and full-back, though his contributions have been more attacking.

In Belgium’s first match against Russia, Meunier scored one and assisted one as the Roberto Martinez’s side got off to the perfect start.

Midfielder: Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)

  • FanTeam price: 6.3M
  • Points scored: 21.5
  • Key stat: Andriy Yarmolenko was directly involved in 75% (3/4) of Ukraine’s goal in the Euro 2020 group stage, scoring two and recording one assist.

Ukraine were one of the fortunate sides at the end of the group stages, qualifying for the last-16 as one of the best third-placed sides thanks to their goal difference. Andriy Shevchenko’s side won only one of their three matches, beating Austria, but even in the two defeats Andriy Yarmolenko did his bit.

The West Ham forward scored in Ukraine’s 3-2 loss against Netherlands and was also involved in both strikes in the 2-1 win over North Macedonia, opening the scoring and then setting up Roman Yaremchuk for the second.

Midfielder: Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands)

  • FanTeam price: 7.1M
  • Points scored: 27.3
  • Key stat: Georginio Wijnaldum scored three goals in three Euro 2020 group stage games.

Georginio Wijnaldum went into Euro 2020 with his club future in doubt, on the cusp of leaving Liverpool. He has since signed for Paris Saint-Germain and has been using Euro 2020 as his own personal platform to remind everyone of what he can do. The Dutch midfielder has scored three goals at Euro 2020 so far, playing in a more advanced role.

Wijnaldum scored the opener in Netherlands’ 3-2 win over Ukraine in their first group stage match and two of their three as they beat North Macedonia 3-0, showing Liverpool fans what they will be missing.

Midfielder: Memphis Depay (Netherlands)

  • FanTeam price: 8.5M
  • Points scored: 25.3
  • Key stat: Memphis Depay has been directly involved in three goals for Netherlands, scoring twice and recording one assist.

Memphis Depay has been playing in attack for Netherlands at Euro 2020 but is classified as midfielder on FanTeam’s fantasy football, so slots into our midfield here. Like his Dutch teammate Wijnaldum, Depay has a new club (having joined Barcelona). Also like Wijnaldum, Depay has been involved in three goals for Netherlands with two goals and one assist, scoring against Austria and North Macedonia, while also setting one up against the latter.

Midfielder: Emil Forsberg (Sweden)

  • FanTeam price: 5.6M
  • Points scored: 23.6
  • Key stat: Emil Forsberg scored three goals for Sweden in the Euro 2020 group stage.

Sweden were the surprise winners of Group E, finishing on seven points, two clear of second-placed Spain to set up a last-16 clash with Ukraine. Their star man for the group stages was Emil Forsberg, who made a real difference for them from the left wing.

Once Sweden had got their draw with Spain out of the way, they opened up slightly as a team and all but secured their spot in the last-16 with a 1-0 victory over Slovakia, courtesy of Forsberg’s penalty. The RB Leipzig man would go on to score another two in the 3-2 victory against Poland, meaning he has three goals in his past three Sweden matches, having managed nine in his first 58.

Midfielder: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

  • FanTeam price: 7.0M
  • Points scored: 21.1
  • Key stat: Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in three of Switzerland’s four goals at Euro 2020.

Xherdan Shaqiri struggled to get into the Liverpool team last season, but he has once again turned up on the international stage, helping Switzerland to the last 16. Shaqiri has been directly involved in three goals for Switzerland so far at Euro 2020, with two goals and one assist.

The Liverpool man set up Breel Embolo’s opener in the 1-1 draw with Wales with a deliciously delivered corner and got Switzerland over the line with two goals as they beat Turkey 3-0 to move him onto 25 for the national team.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

  • FanTeam price: 10.2M
  • Points scored: 32.4
  • Key stat: Cristiano Ronaldo has been directly involved in more goals than any other player at Euro 2020, scoring five and recording one assist.

Cristiano Ronaldo entered Euro 2020 like a man possessed, with the all-time top goalscorer in men’s international football within his sights. After three games at the continental tournament, Ronaldo has equalled Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals, having scored five in the group stages.

Ronaldo has found the net in all three of his matches so far, including two in the opening match against Hungary that saw him overtake Michel Platini as the all-time top scorer at the European Championships, having entered the tournament tied. The Juventus forward then scored and assisted in a defeat against Germany before grabbing a brace of penalties in the final group stage game, an exciting 2-2 draw with France that kept Portugal in the tournament as one of the best third-placed sides.

Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

  • FanTeam price: 11.5M
  • Points scored: 21.3
  • Key stat: Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals from four shots on target at Euro 2020 so far.

One of the pre-tournament favourites to win the Golden Boot was Romelu Lukaku, and the Belgian striker has not disappointed in the group stages. Lukaku scored twice in Belgium’s opening 3-0 win over Russia, opening the scoring and rounding it off as Martinez’s men made a statement for the tournament.

A blank followed against Denmark, but Lukaku bounced back to score Belgium’s second in their 2-0 win over Finland, having already seen a goal ruled out for offside.

So now you know all about FanTeam’s top performers at Euro 2020, and there’s still time to get involved in the Euro Weekly Monster fantasy contest covering the eight last 16 games.

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