5 Italy, 3 England players in team of the tournament

Five players from champions Italy and three from runners-up England were named in the Euro 2020 team of the tournament announced by European soccer’s governing body Uefa on Tuesday.


Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – who was named the Player of the tournament – along with defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Leonardo Spinazzola, midfielder Jorginho and winger Federico Chiesa were all selected in the line-up.


Italy won the Euros for the first time since 1968 as Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shootout win after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw in Sunday’s final at Wembley.


England right back Kyle Walker, centre back Harry Maguire and forward Raheem Sterling were also included in the team of the tournament, which was named by Uefa’s technical observer team.


Spain midfielder Pedri, who was named the Young Player of the tournament, was also among the top 11 players, alongside Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.
Sterling scored three goals for England, while Lukaku scored four times for Belgium, who were knocked out by Italy in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is close to signing for AC Milan.


The 34-year-old French international is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Serie A side and could complete the move by the end of the week.


Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal for £18m in January 2018 and last month extended his contract until 2022.
Chelsea would be able to command a transfer fee for the forward, who last season scored 11 goals in 31 appearances.
After the signings of German forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner last summer, Giroud made only eight Premier League starts in the 2020-21 season.


Giroud has scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
The World Cup winner, who also won three FA Cups with Arsenal, came off the bench in France’s Euro 2020 defeat against Switzerland in the last-16.

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