Magicians Modric and Payet Star In First Round To Make Euro 2016 Team Of The Week
- 15 Jun 2016
Every team at Euro 2016 now has a game under their belt and so far it really has been a terrific tournament on the pitch with great matches wherever you look over the past few days. With the first round of games now done, we thought it was high time we put together a team of the tournament so far and it will be fascinating to follow our eleven as they make their way through the rest of the Euro 2016.
GK - Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Iceland)
Iceland produced an heroic display on Tuesday night as they claimed an unlikely draw with Portugal and much of that was due to the solid performance of Halldorsson in between the sticks. He was solid all game under the high ball and made a number of terrific point blank saves.
RB - Kyle Walker (Eng)
England were hugely unlucky not to beat Russia at the weekend after putting in a good display with Kyle Walker one of the stand out performers for the the Three Lions. Not known for his defensive quality, Walker did what he does best and that is bomb up and down the wing with enthusiasm and he was a constant threat down that flank for Roy Hodgson in the 1-1 draw.
CB - Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
Few gave Italy a chance against Belgium but the Azzurri were sensational as they swept aside Europe's highest ranked side with a terrific defensive display. Leonardo Bonucci was rock solid in the heart of the Italy defence alongside his Juventus club mates and he even managed the assist for the opening goal.
CB - Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
Giorgio Chiellini has been there and done it in both club and and International football and alongside Bonucci, he was sensational against Belgium as Italy started Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win. Defending in general has been poor so far over the opening few days but that isn't the case for Italy and Chiellini in particular.
LB - Martin Olsson (Sweden)
Sweden were very poor in general against Ireland in their first game but one man who did impress was Martin Olsson. Well known to English football fans, Olsson was a constant threat up and down the left wing and put in a number of dangerous crosses.
MID - Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Spain only beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in their opener but in truth they dominated their opponents and that was largely down to the exploits of Andres Iniesta who was sensational. The Barcelona man was the conductor of the Spanish orchestra as he barely out a foot wrong before providing the key assist of the match to give the defending Champions the win. #Magician
MID - Toni Kroos (Germany)
The world champions got their campaign off to a strong start as they swept past Ukraine 2-0 and Real Madrid man Toni Kroos was instrumental in their attacking display. Kroos made 112 passes which was five more than the top three passers in the Ukraine team combined. #Accurate
MID - Luka Modric (Croatia)
Croatia were hugely impressive in their opening day win against Turkey and it was Real Madrid maestro Luka Modric who was pulling the strings for a team who many believe could be the dark horses to go all the way in France. He capped his performance with a remarkable volley to open the scoring and he really was a joy to watch as Croatia swept Turkey aside.
MID - Wes Hoolahan (Ireland)
Ireland were terrific for the first hour against Sweden and that was capped off with a brilliant goal from Wes Hoolahan who cut in from the left to meet a cross with a terrific finish into the far corner. As well as the goal, Hoolahan was a threat in general with his crosses and dribbles and that is enough to see him earn his place in our squad.
AM - Dimitri Payet (France)
No player has impressed more so far at the Euros than Dimitri Payet with the West Ham midfielder scoring a screaming winner for France in the opening game on Friday night. As well as scoring perhaps the goal of the tournament so far, Payet was the magician at the heartbeat of everything the French did well and he could be the key to their success or failure going forward.
FWD - Gareth Bale (Wales)
Wales picked up a famous win against Slovakia in their first game and much of that was down to the threat and pace of Gareth Bale who continues to lead them brilliantly. Not at his brilliant best, Bale was still a thorn in the side of the Slovakia defence and his opening goal from a free kick was a very clever finish indeed. Watch out England.