6 players who deserve to be in the Euro 2016 final but aren't


In France, the best team have made it to the final of Euro 2016 - but many of the tournament's best players won't be there.

Here's a look at the stars who have fallen by the wayside on the road to the final.

1. Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey playing for Wales
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If you go around bleaching your hair before the start of a big tournament, you're gonna stand out one way or another - so you'd better make sure you play well. Luckily Ramsey, both Wales' engine and their chief creator in midfield, did exactly that. Things could have been so different if he'd been available for Wales in the semi-final against Portugal.

2. Gianluigi Buffon

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon swings on the crossbar
(Martin Meissner/AP)

Does he deserve to be there or do we just really wish he was there? With his intense renditions or the Italian national anthem, his crossbar swinging and his enthusiastic congratulations of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane when his side were beaten by Ireland, he's certainly been one of the more enjoyable players of the tournament - even if other keepers' performances have been more eye-catching. At the age of 38, it would have been lovely to see one of Europe's best-loved players in the final.

3. Eric Dier

Eric Dier and Dele Alli playing for England
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It might seem perverse to put a player from such an under-performing England team in the mix, but Dier impressively emerged from the wreckage of another tournament disaster with his reputation enhanced. It's now almost impossible to remember that the Tottenham player was a full-back not that long ago. He's set to be a key part of England's midfield for years to come.

4. Luka Modric

Luka Modric playing for Croatia
(Martin Meissner/AP)

For any British football fans who don't pay much attention to the Spanish league, Euro 2016 was a reminder of exactly how good Modric is. The former Spurs man was everything that was good about a Croatia side that briefly threatened to be one of the tournament's dark horses. He's about three players in one with his creativity, drive and genuine goal threat - the sort of player England dream of having in their team.

5. Ragnar Sigurdsson

Ragnar Sigurdsson celebrates scoring against England
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There's always at least one player who earns himself a big move on the strength of their performances at a major tournament, and this time it may well be the Iceland centre-back. He's been linked with just about everyone in the last couple of weeks, including a host of Premier League clubs - so he could get the opportunity to taunt the England players he helped dump out of the competition on a weekly basis. And who would begrudge him that?

6. Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu scores for Wales
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Frankly, who cares what else he did given he scored *that* goal against Belgium? He actually did much more than that though, given he grabbed the winner against Slovakia and also looked like Wales' biggest threat against Portugal. We're desperately hoping the free agent ends up at Sevilla or Napoli or Marseille next season... He'll certainly believe he can do it.