The best of the rest at UEFA EURO 2016

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Hannes Halldorsson, Iceland

Few will forget the sight of the Iceland 'keeper repelling wave after wave of Portugal attack during their Group F opener. In fact, Halldorsson was instrumental to his team's fairytale run to the quarter-finals, making a tournament-high 24 saves. He also let in the most goals - with nine - but the 5-2 loss to France in the quarters perhaps unfairly inflated that figure. 

Renato Sanches, Portugal

Sanches showed glimpses of the dynamism that had Bayern Munich clamouring to sign him up at the end of last season and by the time Portugal made the final, the 18 year-old had cemented his starting place in the team. Displaying a composure beyond his years, he gives the impression of a player who can break a match open at any moment with a lung-busting run of a perfectly-timed through-ball. A star to watch in the future.   

Samuel Umtiti, France

Umtiti was only in the France squad because of injuries to Jeremy Mathieu and Raphael Varane. He only earned a starting spot for the host nation when Adil Rami was suspended for the Iceland match. The Barcelona recruit took his chance, a commanding game against Germany in the semi-final stamping the 22 year-old's name is one to watch.  

Adam Nagy, Hungary

The 21 year-old barely placed a foot wrong in his three starts for Hungary, his 90.6 percent passing accuracy putting him in the top echelon of distributors at the tournament.It's easy to forget Hungary topped a group that contained eventual winner, Portugal, and quarter-finalist Iceland. Nagy felt right at home on a team not expected to progress from the group stage. 

Balazs Dzsudzsak, Hungary

Dzsudzsak is Hungary's focal point in attack and, after a number of eye-catching performances for his country at EUROs, is bound to be a focal point for clubs looking to bolster their own attacking stocks during the transfer window. The great shame for Dzsudzsak and his Hungary team-mates is that they ran into Belgium on the one day its array of star players decided to turn up and play like the world number #2 ranked nation they are. Turkish club Besiktas is lucky to have the Hungarian live wire, and will be luckier if it can keep him. 

Gareth Bale, Wales

An odd omission from UEFA's team of the tournament, especially given Joe Allen's inclusion, Bale was Wales's all action man, rifling off 23 shots - the second-most in the tournament - and contributing three goals to the cause. The semi-final against eventual winner Portugal proved too big an obstacle, especially with Aaron Ramsay suspended, but Bale consolidated his reputation among the world's best attacking players. 

 


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