D: Theodor Gebre Selaisse [Czech Republic] He came out of nowhere and had a massive tournament for a surprising Czech side. Speed. Great runs down the wings. The 25-year-old was so impressive he got locked down by a bigger club before the semifinal.
D: Sergio Ramos [Spain] Ramos had to fill in for Puyol at centerback. He covered a lot of ground, made key interventions and got physical when needed.
D: Mats Hummels [Germany] Germany had problems at the back. Hummels wasn’t one of them. He continued his excellent form from Dortmund and a great tournament.
D: Jordi Alba [Spain] He was the one inexperienced member of the Spanish squad, but it didn’t show. He scored a superb goal in the final and was solid throughout Euro 2012.
M: Andrea Pirlo [Italy] Italy are different team when he is healthy. He consistently dominated the midfield. Iconic moments? How about the pass to Di Natale against Spain, the free kick goal against Croatia or the panenka in the shootout against England.
M: Sami Khedira [Germany] The ultimate box to box midfielder. Has vaulted his game to another level under Mourinho. He’s the reason Germany have not missed Michael Ballack.
M: David Silva [Spain] It’s hard to pick just one Spanish midfielder, but Silva, with two goals and three assists, had the best tournament.
F: Mario Balotelli [Italy] He scored arguably the goal of the tournament against Ireland and had arguably the game of the tournament against Germany. Even when he doesn’t score he drags, pins back and rattles defenders.
F: Cesc Fabregas [Spain] He played a new position. He was shuttled in and out of matches and in and out of the starting XI, but never lost his effectiveness. Two goals and an assist in the final.
Apologies: Iker Casillas (Spain), Joe Hart (England) Federico Balzaretti (Italy) Philipp Lahm (Germany), Fabio Coentrao (Portugal), Pepe (Portugal), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Xavi (Spain), Steven Gerrard (England), Luka Modric (Croatia), Giorgos Karagounis (Greece), Petr Jiracek (Czech Republic), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia), Zlatan Ibahimovic (Sweden)
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