With the UEFA European Championships finally set to take place this summer, there will be many football fans that will be waiting in anticipation about what the tournament may bring, both in regards to the action on the pitch and potentially the money that goes into their pockets.

Indeed, many sports betting fans across the world will look at the major football competition as the perfect opportunity to cast an array of different bets and wagers on what they predict might happen, which is why many Canadians might be looking for the best betting sites in Canada with a number of great Canadian sportsbooks all available to use!

However, whilst there is the potential for plenty of quality action, there will still be a void in certain aspects as a number of Europe’s best players are either unavailable or unable to compete because their respective nations failed to qualify.

French newspaper L’Equipe have always been known for their ratings and rankings and the media outlet have been able to do it again by providing one of the best XI’s that will have been seen in recent memory.

Indeed, they have looked at all of the players who will not be able to participate, with players simply left out of their national teams, as well as those that have suffered an injury or failed to qualify.

The goalkeeper spot starts things off strongly, with Jan Oblak – who is widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in Europe – being utilised as Slovenia failed to qualify. His defence consists of Trent Alexander-Arnold (as injury ruled him out of England’s squad), his Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk (injury), Sergio Ramos (simply not included in Spain’s side) and Theo Hernandez – who was not selected by France.

The midfield is also as strong as the defence, with Eduardo Camavinga left out by France, Dominik Szoboszlai unable to represent Hungary through injury and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic unable to participate because Serbia did not make it.

Marco Reus is also featured, although that might be a little more difficult to accept as he was the one that turned down a call up from Joachim Low to play for Germany this summer, whilst the front two pairing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Braut Haaland is a duo most football clubs would love to have!

The Swede was only recently called back into the national setup but had to withdraw through injury, whilst Haaland’s Norway were unable to qualify.

Of course, L’Equipe could have named a boatload of other players not to have made the tournament when they could have done, but that shows the strength that some of the nations competing have, thus further highlighting why the UEFA 2020 European Championships has all the ingredients to be a top football competition this summer!