With the qualifiers already concluded and 24 teams already named, the fallen nations has to wait yet another 3 years to try to clinch Europe’s most glorious tournament. A lot of valuable players were unlucky to miss the European Championships as their team failed to qualify. Here are every valuable players set to miss Euro 2020 next summer:
Serbia was knocked out by Scotland 5-4 in a penalty shootout. Luka Jovic’s (£22m) effort to rescue the team did not paid off and he will still missed the Euro. Jovic will be joined by Nikola Milenkovic (£25m), Filip Kostic (£28m), and the most valuable of them all Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (£58m). Serbia are the most-represented nation on this list having been the favorites to win their play-off path.
Albania’s national football team lost 2-0 against France here in the final round of Group H for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Albania had been eliminated after the loss, with the 20-year-old defender Marash Kumbulla (£22m) missing the chance to show-off. Roma signed Marash Kumbulla on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy from Hellas Verona for (£13m).
Greece concluded yet another failed qualifying campaign, Finland who grabbed the second ticket from Group J, in a hard-fought 0-1 loss to miss out on a third consecutive major tournament. This loss means Greece’s valuable player Kostas Manolas (£28m) was deprived of his first Euros. Greece finished just four points behind second-placed Finland in Group J of Euro 2020 qualifying.
Norway’s talisman Erling Haaland was stunned by Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić, who scored twice to lift Serbia into the finals with a 2-1 extra-time, ending Norway’s Euro 2020 qualification berth. It means, Europe’s most promising youngster Haaland (£71m) will not be part of the Euro. He will be joined by Martin Odegaard (£40m), who is enjoying his first full season in the Real Madrid first-team.
Penalty shootouts decided the fate of Northern Ireland in the Euros during the play-offs semis, winning 4-3 on penalties against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Having featured at a World Cup for Bosnia, Miralem Pjanic (£45m) missed the chance for yet another important international appearance. The Man of the Match Pjanic led the scoring during this crucial match.
Despite beating Latvia 1:0 in the qualifiers last year, Austria’s win against North Macedonia left them failed to secure the second place in Group G. The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak (£80m) is regarded as one of the world’s best and failed to qualify with Slovenia. Oblak is widely considered as the world’s best shot-stopper with a bucketload of international caps.