World Football: Wayne Rooney and the 10 Best Players Who Could Miss Euro 2012

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIOctober 13, 2011

World Football: Wayne Rooney and the 10 Best Players Who Could Miss Euro 2012

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    For those of you who don't know by know, Wayne Rooney has been suspended for the first three games of the Euro 2012 tournament. The FA plan to appeal, but the chance of that suspension being lessened is slim.

    Since the individual groups for the tournament have not been created yet due to playoffs deciding the next few entries, there is no way to know how much of an effect this will have on the English squad.

    Fabio Capello could decide not to carry Rooney at all, or the English squad could fail to go through to the knockout stages, thus ensuring that the Manchester United man does not make an appearance in the tournament.

    He may not be the only big star that might not feature in tournament. The playoffs include the likes of Portugal and Croatia, each with big-name stars, that have a nervy two games to navigate before their names can be mentioned in the tournament.

    Without further ado here is a list of the 10 best players, along with Rooney, who could miss the Euro 2012 tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal

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    Cristiano "Everybody envies me" Ronaldo failed to lead his team past Denmark in the final group game, and now faces the test of a solid Bosnia and Herzegovina side.

    These two teams have been in a similar situation before, having faced each other in a playoff for a World Cup 2010 spot. Portugal won that set of games 2-0 overall, but they should be wary of this team that almost stole automatic qualification away from France.

Nani: Portugal

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    Cristiano Ronaldo's compatriot Nani has come into his own at Manchester United, but he is still second fiddle on the national stage. Regardless, in these two wingers Portugal has substantial attacking prowess, but as usual the defense is suspect.

    Nani could do with another big tournament under his belt, as well as some good performances, to further distance himself from his compatriot's shadow.

Edin Dzeko: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    Edin Dzeko has shown some good form for Manchester City so far this season, and has silenced the critics. Being charged with the task of leading this Bosnia Herzegovina attack through the playoffs and into the competition is not an easy one, but maybe the second time around will be the charm.

    Dzeko does not have any major International tournaments to add to his resume as yet and, though he is still young, he could unfortunately become one of those good players who never does make it to a major tournament.

Luka Modric: Croatia

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    Croatia's pint-sized playmaker Luka Modric will face off against a Turkish side managed by Guus Hiddink. The Tottenham man may take heart in the fact that in the two previous instances where Croatia has participated in playoff games, they have come through the winner.

Nuri Sahin: Turkey

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    Nuri Sahin, the talented young Turkish player, has featured sparingly for his new club Real Madrid so far due to injury, but he is coming back when his national team needs him most.

    The playoffs are a month away, which gives Sahin enough time to get some fitness and form to compete against a very tough opponent. The Turkish organization is by no means a stranger to this situation, having been involved in four playoff appearances and winning three of those.

Arda Turan: Turkey

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    Arda Turan has moved on from the Turkish league to bigger pastures in La Liga. He is one of the many talented youngsters in this Turkish side. 

    He has scored four goals so far for Turkey in qualification, and after some solid performances in his last appearance in the European tournament, he will surely want to get back to that stage.

Petr Cech: Czech Republic

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    Petr Cech has been the main goalkeeper for his national team for some time now, and has produced some great performances for his team in some major tournaments. As with all the other matchups, it will be a tricky two legs to navigate, but the Czech side are the more experienced and have world class keeper between the sticks.

Stevan Jovetic: Montenegro

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    Jovetic is another talented young player that makes this list. Just like Sahin, he is returning from injury just in time for both club (Fiorentina) and country. The Montenegro man will be faced with the task of putting goals past Petr Cech to get his country to its first major tournament alone.

Mirko Vucinic: Montenegro

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    Alongside Stevan Jovetic, Montenegro has another creative and talented forward man in Mirko Vucinic. The only thing that could hold this team back is a lack of experience, having never been in such a position before.

    Vucinic has two goals so far in qualification, and Montenegro will need some performance from its most experienced European player to have a chance of going through.

Robbie Keane: Republic of Ireland

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    The Republic of Ireland just missed out on automatic qualification by two points. Robbie Keane has again led the attack for this side with five goals to his name, and will be looking to add to his tally.

    Republic of Ireland fans will be longing for a return to a major tournament after that handball by Frenchman Thierry Henry.


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