Several deserving players barely missed out on the starting XI. All of these players performed well at Euro 2012, but for various reasons, find themselves in the list of honorable mentions.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA), Manuel Neuer (GER), Stipe Pletikosa (CRO)
Defenders: Pepe (POR), Leonardo Bonucci (ITA), Philipp Lahm (GER), Mats Hummels (GER), Theodor Gebre Selassie (CZE)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (ESP), Steven Gerrard (ENG), João Moutinho (POR), Riccardo Montolivo (ITA), Mesut Ozil (GER), Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER), Daniele De Rossi (ITA), Xavi (ESP), Petr Jiracek (CZE), Michael Krohn-Dehli (DEN), Giorgos Karagounis (GRE)
Forwards: David Silva (ESP), Mario Balotelli (ITA), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ITA), Nicklas Bendtner (DEN), Alan Dzagoev (RUS), Mario Gomez (GER), Fernando Torres (ESP), Andriy Shevchenko (UKR)