Euro 2016's Premier League Flops XI

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The English Premier League can be an unforgiving place to your average European star.

Previous exploits go largely unnoticed while players are assessed on their ability to perform on rainy nights in Stoke or some other far-flung post-industrial town hosting football on a Tuesday night.

In such an environment, it can hardly be a surprise to find that some exceptional talents - and other solid, if slightly less impressive ones - slip through the cracks, returning to the continent to forge a career elsewhere.


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What may be more surprising to the more casual Premier League fan, however, is that said stars can often later be found shining brighter than ever at the European Championships.

From Karel Poborsky in 2004 to Savo Milosevic at the turn of the millennium – players who once flopped in the Premier League have proven impressive in later years – here's our starting eleven of stars who failed in England but could take the Euros by storm.


Andreas Isaksson – Sweden

A Sweden international on his arrival at Manchester City, injuries and the form of Nicky Weaver and, later, Joe Hart, limited Isaksson to just 19 Premier League appearances. The last of these being an 8-1 hammering at the hands of Middlesbrough. Now with Kasimpasa in Turkey.


Vlad Chiriches – Romania

Tottenham paid Steaua Bucharest a club-record fee of €9.5 million to bring the defender to White Hart Lane in August 2013. However, after just 27 league appearances over two anonymous seasons, he was packed off to Napoli for less than half of that fee. Current Romania captain.

Shkodran Mustafi – Germany

Mustafi was highly regarded within Everton's academy, but made just one first-team appearance for the Toffees in three seasons - coming on as a substitute for Tony Hibbert in the Europa League. Sold to then-Serie B Sampdoria, he is now with Valencia in Spain.

Andreas Granqvist – Sweden

Signed by Wigan Athletic after impressing on loan in 2007, Granqvist appeared 14 times in the Premier League before heading out on loan to Helsingborg. A permanent switch to Groningen followed and Granqvist is currently with Krasnodar in Russia where he's been sunce 2013.


Vladimir Weiss – Slovakia

Part of the Manchester City side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2008, Weiss ultimately failed to make the grade at the Etihad despite some impressive displays on loan at Bolton. Spells with Pescara and Olympiacos followed with Weiss now playing in the Middle East with Al-Gharafa.

Gelson Fernandes – Switzerland

Once on loan at Leicester during their Championship days, Fernandes was a favourite of Sven-Goran Eriksson, who brought him to Manchester City. He soon fell out of favour under the Swede's replacement, Mark Hughes, though and can now be found in France with Rennes.

Kim Kallstrom - Sweden

The butt of many an Arsenal joke, Kallstrom may have been a highly-rated dead-ball specialist in his prime but he arrived on loan at the Emirates as an injury-prone over-the-hill central midfielder. Played just six Premier League games and now with Grasshopper Zurich.

Oguzhan Ozyakup – Turkey

An unused sub for Arsenal in their 8-2 loss to Manchester United, that was the closest Ozyakup got to Premier League football with the Gunners. Sold on to Besiktas for €500,000, the central midfielder has thrived ever since and could star for Turkey at Euro 2016.

Miroslav Stoch – Slovakia

Brought to Chelsea at an early age, Stoch featured just five times for the Blues before heading off to Twente on loan and then Fenerbahce on a permanent deal where he went on to win the 2012 Puskas Award. The 26-year-old spent last season on loan with Bursaspor.


Nikola Kalinic - Croatia

Signed by Sam Allardyce at Blackburn for £6 million in August 2009, Kalinic scored seven goals in 44 league appearances before being shipped off to Dnipro following Big Sam's Rovers exit. An impressive run in the Europa League saw him return to the big time with Fiorentina last term.

Krisztian Nemeth - Hungary

Rafa Benitez brought Nemeth to Anfield in the summer of 2007 but, despite impressing for the reserves, he failed to break into the Liverpool first team. Having played in Greece, Holland and the US since, Nemeth, who is still only 27, is now with Al-Gharafa in Qatar.


Jan Mucha – Slovakia

Failed to dislodge Tim Howard as David Moyes' first choice goalkeeper at Everton, with his most infamous display coming in a 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan in 2013. Now back home with Slovan Bratislava.

Andrej Kramaric – Croatia

A goal-machine for Rijeka in his homeland - 37 in 42 league appearances - Leicester paid a club-record £9 million to bring him to the King Power in January 2015. After 15 league appearances and two goals he was loaned out to Hoffenheim a year later where he has fared better.

Razvan Rat – Romania

One of Allardyce's famed bargain bin signings from his days in charge of West Ham, Rat played 15 times in the Premier League for the Hammers but was released from his contract just six months into his one-year deal. The veteran international is now with Rayo Vallecano in Spain.

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