When Italy attempts to defend their championship in June and July of next year, The Ball Is Square takes a close look at some of the players who won’t be in Germany.
Manchester United and Sweden’s Victor Lindelof
Sweden advanced to the Euro 2020 knockout stage by defeating Poland and Slovakia and drawing with Spain, with Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof playing in all three games.
In the most recent edition, however, the Swedes placed third in their qualifying group, nine points behind Austria and ten points behind Group F winners Belgium.
Manchester City and Norway’s Erling Haaland
Even though Erling Haaland won the FA Cup, the Champions League, and the Premier League, qualifying for the Euros is not a given. While Kylian Mbappe (France), Harry Kane (England), and Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium) are all anticipated to play for their country at Euro 2024, Haaland, who scored six of Norway’s 14 goals in qualification, will not be present.
Arsenal’s and Norway’s Martin Odegaard
Martin Odegaard, Haaland’s international teammate, will also be missing from the Euro, which is scheduled to take place between June 14 and July 14, as a result of Norway’s inability to advance past the qualifying round.
On September 12, Arsenal’s captain Odegaard, 24, scored his nation’s second goal in a 2-1 qualification victory over Georgia. But Norway came in third in Group A, six points behind Scotland, who are heading to Germany in second place.
Tottenham and Sweden’s Dejan Kulusevski
Dejan Kulusevski, like Lindelof, will be off next summer as a result of Sweden’s lack of qualification. The 23-year-old Tottenham winger won the 2022 Guldbollen, which goes to the finest Swedish male player of the year.
In all eight of Sweden’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches, Kulusevski started and recorded one goal and two assists.
Montenegro and Atletico Madrid’s Stefan Savic
At his current club, Atletico Madrid, Stefan Savic has won both the La Liga and the Europa League in addition to the Premier League with Manchester City.
The defender, who saw action three times in five games for Atletico Madrid the previous season, contributed a goal or two for Montenegro during the qualification round. But, Montenegro’s performance in qualifying was insufficient to advance his nation to the Euros; it came in behind Serbia and Hungary.
Republic of Ireland and Brighton’s Evan Ferguson
Evan Ferguson, only 19 years old, helped Brighton destroy Newcastle in September, and he already has a Premier League hat-trick to his name.
With his goal against Latvia in March, Ferguson became the youngest goal scorer for the Republic of Ireland since the illustrious Robbie Keane. The Republic placed fourth in their qualification group, so the forward will miss this tournament, but he still has time on his side.