Which football stars are going home after the group stages?


With the group stages at an end, eight of the 24 teams who started the tournament are heading home, some expectedly and others less so.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at a starting XI of stars who are heading for the departure gate.


GK: Petr Cech (Czech Republic)

Chelsea's goalkeeper Peter Cech warms up.

The Arsenal goalkeeper has a distinguished record at domestic and international level but conceded five goals as the Czechs disappointed.

RB: Gokhan Gonul (Turkey)

Turkey's Gokhan Gonul controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Slovenia and Turkey.

The Fenerbahce full-back has been linked with a big summer move, with Barcelona reportedly interested, and did himself no harm in France with some tidy displays.

CB: Vasili Berezutski (Russia)

CSKA Moscow's Vasili Berezutsky and Aston Villa's John Carew battle for the ball

Scored the late equaliser against England and captained an injury-ravaged side to the best of his ability.

CB: Vlad Chiriches (Romania)

Romania's Vlad Chiriches (left) and France's Antoine Griezmann battle for the ball.

Romania were flat throughout their stay at the Euros but Napoli defender Chiriches at least offered some defensive steel at the back.

LB: Christian Fuchs (Austria)

Austria's Christian Fuchs heads a ball.

After the highs of Leicester's Premier League title win came the lows of a group stage exit with his country.

CM: David Alaba (Austria)

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball past Austria's David Alaba.

An authentic rising star with Bayern Munich, the 23-year-old was unable to bring his best to the competition with his country seemingly unsure of how or where to maximise his talents.

CM: Arda Turan (Turkey)

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, right, challenges Turkey's Arda Turan.

Like Alaba, Turan is making his name with one of the biggest institutions in the game, in his case Barcelona. But his failure to fire was a big reason for Turkey's exit here.

CM: Marko Arnautovic (Austria)

Austria's Marko Arnautovic applauds as he walks off the pitch

Showed little hints of his technical qualities - a neat flick here, an instinctive touch there - but will know he might have done more to prolong his stay.

FW: Bogdan Stancu (Romania)

Romania's Bogdan Stancu.

Scored from the penalty spot in each of his side's first two matches but could not find a way past Albania in the decisive fixture.

FW: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a shot on goal.

The likely end of the enigma's international career and he went out with a whimper. The knockout phase will be poorer for his X factor, on and off the field, though.

FW: Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)

Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group G soccer match.

Fancied by many to play an eye-catching role in the first round and press his claims for a big move, the winger tried to take centre stage but could not find his cue.