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UEFA name Team of the Tournament including Ronaldo & Allen

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UEFA have announced the Team of the Tournament following the conclusion of Euro 2016 and have sprung a few surprises on all of us.

The team includes four players from champions Portugal including goalkeeper Rui Patrício, defenders Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro, and forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

There are also two places for members of the Wales team with Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen both named in the squad although there is no place for Gareth Bale, who scored three times en route to the semi-final.

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UEFA coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson said: "After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best-performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA EURO 2016.

"We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep-lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom have the ability to create and score goals. We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition."

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The team

Rui Patrício (Portugal); Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Jérôme Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal); Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Antoine Griezmann (France), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Dmitri Payet (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

The Team

Controversies

The fact that Bale is not included may come as a surprise to many, especially those critics who suggested Wales were a one-man team. But Ramsey, who scored one and assisted four in five games, was equally as important as the £86m man while Allen thoroughly impressed in a deeper midfield role.

Antoine Griezmann was a natural choice after winning the Golden Boot and the Player of the Tournament award while Dimitri Payet was certainly impressive in the group stages.

Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Kimmich continued his rise to prominence during the tournament and appears in defence alongside club team-mate Jerome Boateng. Another Bayern youngster, Renato Sanches, may feel aggrieved to miss out. 

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