Allen was one of the surprise heroes of the tournament.

Joe Allen's fans react to 'Welsh Pirlo' being named in Team of the Tournament

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Joe Allen had a decent end to the season with Liverpool and an even better Euro 2016 with Wales.

The combination of the two has seen the midfielder develop something of a cult following over the last few months, and his supporters have been out in full force after the 26-year-old was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

Wales exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals, coming top of Group B before beating Northern Ireland and one of the favourites, Belgium, on their way to the last four.


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It was undoubtedly a team effort, despite suggestions that Chris Coleman's side were overly reliant on Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Bale was undoubtedly a huge player for Wales, but the former Spurs man didn't quite make the best XI, much to the amusement of Allen's loyal band of fans.

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In fact, Bale wasn't the only world-class talent to miss out, as Allen and compatriot Aaron Ramsey occupied spaces that could have been filled by Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil.

Naturally, in the Twitter universe, that has led to the conclusion that Allen is by the far the better player.

Jokes about the 'Welsh Pirlo' have now taken a turn for the dramatic, as it appears even UEFA are listening carefully.

It won't cut any ice with Jurgen Klopp, however, as the Liverpool boss is widely expected to sell Allen this summer, with Swansea and Sevilla both interested in a £14million deal.

Here's why he got in 

Yet, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was on UEFA's selection panel explained the thinking behind the Team of the Tournament:

"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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