With the opening stages of this month's tournament in Poland & Ukraine over, Goal.com lines up a side of the highest-ranked players who failed to make the last eight
By Andrew Kennedy
While the Netherlands and Ireland may have left Euro 2012with their tails between their legs, a number of sides have given spirited showings in the group stages despite, ultimately, being eliminated.
Denmark ran Portugal and Germany much closer in the 'Group of Death' than the much-fancied Oranje, while Croatia and Russia will also feel aggrieved not to have reached the knock-out phase.
Now, using Goal.com's ratings index and looking at players who have featured in 40 per cent or more of their team's games in the group stages, we reveal the 11 men who will be kicking themselves not to still be in with a chance of success come July 1.
The Danes feature heavily in our side with Nicklas Bendtner, Daniel Agger, Stephan Andersen and Lars Jacobsen all included.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s rating of 3.5 sees the Sweden captain feature up front, after he led the line superbly despite defeats to both Ukraine and England before scoring a sublime goal in the 2-0 win over France. His team-mate Olof Mellberg is also included in the centre of defence.
Croatian pair Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic both line up in midfield after a late defeat in their final group game against Spain curtailed their Euro 2012 campaign, while Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko caps his final appearances for the national side with an average rating of 3.5.
Rounding off our XI is Alan Dzagoev and Yuri Zhirkov following Russia’s shock exit from the competition. Dzagoev started the tournament at a blistering pace, bagging three goals in the group stages, while former Chelsea man Zhirkov fills our final slot at left-back.