Euro 2020: How have non-British Premier League stars fared? – Asia Despatch

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West Ham stars Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek starred once again for the Czech Republic as they upset Holland to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Sunday.

The pair had fine seasons for David Moyes’s side last campaign and they’ve continued their impressive form into the European Championship this summer.

But which other non-British Premier League stars have lit up the tournament and who has flopped? Here, Sportsmail takes a look…

West Ham stars Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek starred once again for the Czech Republic

West Ham stars Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek starred once again for the Czech Republic

Turkey

Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester)

Part of a defence that conceded the most goals in the group stage, after shipping seven in three games. Underwhelming displays as Turkey failed to live up to their dark-horse tag. 4/10  

Cengiz Under (Leicester)

Rarely featured under Brendan Rodgers last campaign and only got 45 minutes at Euro 2020 – in the 3-0 defeat by Italy. 5/10 

Leicester's Caglar Soyuncu was part of a defence that conceded the most goals in group stage

Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu was part of a defence that conceded the most goals in group stage

Italy

Emerson (Chelsea)

Featured in just one game out of Italy’s four so far but was part of the backline that kept Gareth Bale and Co out to keep a clean sheet against Wales. Leonardo Spinazzola has impressed in his place. 6/10 

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Started all of Italy’s matches with Roberto Mancini having complete faith in him to execute his gameplan. He has some of the best passing stats at Euro 2020. Does not get the credit he deserves. 7/10

Switzerland

Fabian Schar (Newcastle)

The centre back started the first two group matches but was dropped for their 3-1 win over Turkey. Not the most convincing. 5/10

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

The Switzerland skipper has put an abysmal season at the Gunners behind him to help his homeland reach the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Not one to shy away. 6/10

Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool)

Only played a bit-part role for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 2020-21 campaign but stepped up in Switzerland’s final group game against Turkey, netting a brace. There’s no denying his talent when he’s in the mood. 7/10 

Xherdan Shaqiri stepped up in Switzerland's final group game against Turkey, netting a brace

Xherdan Shaqiri stepped up in Switzerland’s final group game against Turkey, netting a brace

Denmark

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)

More than just a top class goalkeeper. He instills confidence in the Denmark defence and is a great leader. 7/10 

Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton)

Did not feature in Denmark’s 1-0 loss to Finland in their opener but has been called into the starting line-up since and formed a back three that has conceded three goals in as many games. Reliable. 6/10 

Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)

Proved himself under Thomas Tuchel last season and has continued such composed displays in this year’s tournament. He capped off a brilliant display against Russia with a sensational goal that any striker would have been be proud of. 9/10

Andreas Christensen capped off a brilliant display against Russia with a sensational goal

Andreas Christensen capped off a brilliant display against Russia with a sensational goal

Christian Norgaard (Brentford)

The Bees midfielder has been used as a second-half substitute throughout the tournament so far, replacing the impressive Mikkel Damsgaard. 6/10 

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham)

The Spurs midfielder was one of the few positives at the north London club last season and he’s a key figure for the Danes. An experienced and intelligent player who is effective at both ends of the pitch. 7/10

Mathias Jensen (Brentford)

The 25-year-old played a significant role in the Bees’ promotion to the Premier League last season and has been used as a substitute in Denmark’s four matches, gaining vital international experience. 6/10

Finland

Teemu Pukki (Norwich)

Unable to leave his mark on this tournament as he failed to get on the scoresheet with Finland notching just one goal before exiting at the group stage. 5/10 

Belgium

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

Was phenomenal at the back in keeping out Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in the last-16 victory. Responded after a difficult spell with his club last season. 7/10 

Toby Alderweireld was phenomenal at the back in keeping out Cristiano Ronaldo and Co

Toby Alderweireld was phenomenal at the back in keeping out Cristiano Ronaldo and Co

Leander Dendoncker (Wolves)

Started Belgium’s first two wins and looked comfortable but was replaced for their final group game and came on for the final seconds against Portugal. 6/10

Timothy Castagne (Leicester)

His Euro 2020 has been cut short after sustaining a double fracture to his eye socket in Belgium’s opening game. 6/10 

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Always delivers whenever he needs to. A remarkable talent who is just a joy to watch. He will be big miss if ruled out of Italy last-eight showdown. 8/10 

Youri Tielemans (Leicester)

Following a stellar campaign for the Foxes the midfielder has continued to shine among a star-studded line-up. 7/10 

Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Was called into action in Belgium’s final group game but was replaced a minute after Roberto Martinez’s side scored. Little impression made so far. 5/10 

Austria 

Daniel Bachmann (Watford)

Austria No 1 kept one clean sheet and was the last line of a defence that impressed against Italy on Saturday and came close to causing an upset. 6/10

North Macedonia

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds)

North Macedonia’s big-name player. Scored in their 2-1 defeat by Ukraine after netting the rebound from his saved spot-kick. No surprise he picked up a couple of bookings, though. 6/10

Ezgjan Alioski is North Macedonia's big-name player - and he scored in 2-1 defeat by Ukraine

Ezgjan Alioski is North Macedonia’s big-name player – and he scored in 2-1 defeat by Ukraine

Holland  

Nathan Ake (Manchester City)

Seen his Euro 2020 game time limited but came on for around 30 minutes or so to see out their first two group wins. 6/10

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)

Given more freedom to bomb on in Frank de Boer’s system but overshadowed by Denzel Dumfries’ impressive displays on the opposite wing. 6/10 

Ukraine 

Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham)

Two goals in three games including a wonderful curling strike in the 3-2 Holland defeat. He will be integral if they want to get past Sweden. 7/10

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)

Used further forward for Ukraine in a left midfield position rather than the left-back role at the Etihad. Solid performer in their progression to the knockout stages. 6/10 

Croatia

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

Goes under the radar, particularly alongside Real Madrid midfield maestro Luka Modric but can be trusted by Zlatko Dalic. 6/10 

Vladimir Coufal impressed for West Ham last season and is a great attacking outlet on the right

Vladimir Coufal impressed for West Ham last season and is a great attacking outlet on the right

Czech Republic 

Vladimir Coufal (West Ham)

Taken his impressive form from West Ham’s promising season into this summer’s tournament. Provides a huge attacking outlet on the right flank. 7/10 

Tomas Soucek (West Ham)

Like his club team-mate the midfielder has picked up where he left off and played a huge part in the Czech’s surprise showing and run to the quarter-finals. Always a threat in the final third. 8/10 

West Ham and Czech midfielder Soucek has picked up he left off in the Premier League

West Ham and Czech midfielder Soucek has picked up he left off in the Premier League

Poland 

Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

Played every minute but was part of a back three that conceded six goals in three games. Careless in possession. 4/10 

Mateusz Klich (Leeds)

Impressed at Elland Road last season and is a key player behind Robert Lewandowski but was unable to help them reach the knockout stages. 6/10

Jakub Moder (Brighton)

Played 85 minutes in Poland’s well-earned 1-1 draw with Spain as part of a five-man midfield. 6/10

Jan Bednarek part of Poland defence that shipped plenty of goals and exited at group stage

Jan Bednarek part of Poland defence that shipped plenty of goals and exited at group stage

Slovakia

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle)

Will be remembered for his own-goal howler to get Spain on their way in the Group E decider. 2/10 

Spain 

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Not used in Spain’s opening two games but payed 77 minutes in the 5-0 thrashing of Slovakia and was as solid as ever at right back. 6/10 

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

Impressed in central defence alongside Pau Torres with Spain conceding just one goal so far. Scored a good header in 5-0 Slovakia rout. 7/10 

Slovakia and Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scored an horrific own goal in Spain loss

Slovakia and Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scored an horrific own goal in Spain loss

Thiago (Liverpool) 

Made two second-half substitute appearances. Little opportunity to get into his rhythm and fully impact Luis Enrique’s side. 6/10

Rodri (Manchester City)

Sat in front of the back four in Sweden and Poland draws but replaced by Sergio Busqets for the final group game. 5/10 

Ferran Torres (Manchester City)

Struggled in Spain’s opener against Sweden but announced himself at Euro 2020 with a sublime finish in the 5-0 win over Slovakia. 7/10 

Struggled in Spain's opener but announced himself at Euro 2020 with sublime finish last week

Struggled in Spain’s opener but announced himself at Euro 2020 with sublime finish last week

Sweden

Robin Olsen (Everton)

Struggled for game time at Goodison Park last season but has looked assured in between the sticks. 7/10 

Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)

Pivotal player for his country and has been a key figure in Sweden’s good run in the tournament. 7/10 

Emil Krafth (Newcastle)

Introduced off the bench three times as Sweden looked to close games out and remain unbeaten in the group stage. 6/10 

France

Hugo Lloris

The Tottenham goalkeeper used quick thinking to set up Antoine Griezmann’s Hungary equaliser but clattered into Portugal’s Danilo to give away a penalty. 6/10 

Lucas Digne (Everton)

Played the full 90 minutes in 1-1 draw with Hungary but his tournament appears to be over after picking up a muscle injury seven minutes after coming on in Portugal draw. 5/10

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Been one of France’s standout performers, brimming with confidence. Has more licence under Didier Deschamps and some of his passes have been exceptional. 8/10 

Man United's Paul Pogba has starred for France alongside Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante

Man United’s Paul Pogba has starred for France alongside Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

As effective as ever in the heart if the midfield. No sign of his energy levels sapping and gives the stars around him the platform to express themselves. 8/10 

Germany  

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

A key figure as he’s played every minute of the tournament so far on the left side of a back three. Tough tackler but at times guilty of getting too close to attackers, as Pogba discovered. 7/10

Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

Workmanlike alongside Toni Kroos in Germany’s central midfield area and his discipline in front of the back four enables the full backs to push forward and join attacks. 6/10

Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

Showing why Chelsea splashed out £89million on him last summer. Has scored two in three games and was a persistent threat against Portugal. 8/10 

Chelsea's £89million signing Kai Havertz has impressed for Germany at this summer's Euros

Chelsea’s £89million signing Kai Havertz has impressed for Germany at this summer’s Euros

Timo Werner (Chelsea)

Not included in Joachim Low’s starting XIs in the group stage with Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Havertz ahead of him. Little chance to recapture his RB Leipzig form. 5/10 

Portugal

Rui Patricio (Wolves)

Had a solid tournament with some important saves but conceded seven goals in four matches and arguably could have done more to stop Thorgan Hazard’s swerving strike in last-16 clash. 6/10 

Nelson Semedo (Wolves)

Endured a torrid afternoon at the hands of Germany, conceded a controversial penalty against France and was replaced by Diogo Dalot in the starting XI for the knockout match on Sunday. 4/10

Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Unable to have same influence on this Portugal side as he does at City but nevertheless was a commanding figure alongside Pepe. Scored an own goal in Germany defeat. 6/10 

Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Made his Euro 2020 bow in France and Belgium games. Like at Wolves he kept things ticking over in the middle of the park and was a consistent performer. 6/10 

Bruno Fernandes failed to take his Man United form into the tournament and was dropped

Bruno Fernandes failed to take his Man United form into the tournament and was dropped

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Failed to take his Manchester United form into the tournament and was dropped for the last-16 tie against Belgium. Looks like he needs a break. 4/10

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Another who failed to make his mark this summer, although he did play his part in their wonderful counter-attacking goal in their 4-2 defeat by Germany. Expected  more. 5/10 

Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

Supported Cristiano Ronaldo on the left flank with his biggest impact coming against Germany where he set up the Juventus star’s opener and then notched Portugal’s second. Wasteful in Belgium last-16 defeat. 7/10 

NON-BRITISH PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS WITH LITTLE ACTION

Ozan Kabak (Liverpool/Turkey) 

Marcus Forss (Brentford/Finland) 

Dennis Praet (Leicester/Belgium) 

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/Belgium)

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Crystal Palace)

Tim Krul (Norwich/Holland) 

Joel Veltman (Brighton/Holland) 

Matej Vydra (Burnley/Czech Republic) 

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham/Poland)

Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich/Poland) 

David de Gea (Manchester United/Spain)

Robert Sanchez (Brighton/Spain)

Diego Llorente (Leeds/Spain) 

Adama Traore (Wolves/Spain) 

Pontus Jansson (Brentford/Sweden) 

Ken Sema (Watford/Sweden) 

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea/France) 

Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham/France) 

Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/France)

Bernd Leno (Arsenal/Germany) 

Robin Koch (Leeds/Germany) 

Ruben Neves (Wolves/Portugal) 

PS Hungary and Russia had no non-British Premier League stars in their respective squads.

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