Three players undeservedly watching Euro 2016 from home

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International squads have been released recently, and as always, controversy has been caused.

England, France and Spain’s squads have all been called into question by the general public, who have cited certain players who could shine on the national stage, but have been left out.

Here are a few of the unlucky players who will be watching the Euros from the comfort of their own livings rooms.


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Mark Noble

For years, fans of the English game have wondered why Noble hasn’t found his way into England’s midfield.

Often he has been overshadowed by players from big clubs. Jack Wilshere, Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverly, to name a few who Noble has probably outplayed in recent times, but has failed to replace in the England team.

One possible reason for this is that Noble has been a quiet player in the past. This is not to detract from his abilities, but he has orchestrated the West Ham midfield diligently as captain, without drawing too much attention.

Perhaps Noble has found himself in the limelight due to West Ham’s current success. It has highlighted Noble’s work rates and general quality to football fans.

He has scored seven goals and assisted four this term, and may feel he deserved a place over Wilshere, who has only played two games all season.

Hatem Ben Arfa

It wasn't too long ago when Ben Arfa was stuck between two clubs, Hull City and OG Nice.

During this stage of his career, the majority of football fans had written him off and claimed his career was all-but over. 

However, Ben Arfa has been a revelation in Ligue 1, seemingly tearing apart defences for fun. 17 goals and six assists have resulted in him going from a flop, to one of the most feared players in France.

For this, perhaps, he will feel unlucky not to make the cut for Didier Deschamps’ France team, especially considering the likes of Moussa Sissoko, who has endured a torrid season with Newcastle United has made it. Sissoko has only scored once and assisted eight as Newcastle sunk into the Championship.

Despite the snub from France, Ben Arfa will be looking ahead with positivity. His fabulous performances, have earned the attention of top European clubs, with Barcelona reportedly interested.

Diego Costa

Where there is controversy, there seems to be Costa, although this time it’s not for his foul play on the field.

Chelsea have been awful this season, with Jose Mourinho’s disastrous exit leaving them drifting with nothing to play for. Despite this, the Spaniard has managed a decent total of 12 goals, not to mention a high seven assists.

Costa has also managed this with a team lacking inspiration, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard not giving the forward adequate service. In a Spain squad filled to the brim with quality, it is hard to see how Costa wouldn’t cause problems.

Costa is again a player that could point to players that have been selected instead of him, with the inclusion of Lucas Vazquez.

Vazquez has made 25 appearances for a Real Madrid side that have some of the best in the world, and are flying, but has only scored four goals. Yet he is going to France in the summer, and Costa is not. The Chelsea man will see this as an injustice, and deservedly so.

What other players should feel hard done by for not making a Euro 2016 squad? Leave us YOUR suggestions in the comment section below!

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