It is said that for quality there is no age and in Euro 2020 there will be several veteran players who show that this phrase is more than correct, for this reason in ESPN Digital we present you the footballers who could be retired and will play Euro 2020
The goalkeeper of the Netherlands National Team is 38 years old and is currently the oldest footballer in the European Championship, although he is not considered as a starting goalkeeper, the Ajax goalkeeper was summoned by Frank de Boer as one of the elements that can bring experience to the group, since it has participated in two editions of the European competition (2008, 2012) in addition to having a long career in Italian, French, Dutch and English football.
The 38-year-old central defender will be the oldest player on the field of play in this Euro, so with his vast experience he will once again be one of the benchmarks of the team led by Fernando Santos. Pepe has on his back three European Cups played in (2008, 2012, 2016) and in the last edition he was proclaimed champion of the contest, so the Porto defender will defend the title in what will be his fourth participation in the great event.
The 37-year-old Fonte is also part of the elderly elements that will contest one more edition of the Eurocup, so, in his second appearance in the European competition, the LOSC Lille defender along with Pepe will be in charge of commanding the part. He leaves the team led by Fernando Santos, in what will be the defense of the title obtained in the 2016 edition.
The 37-year-old Macedonian is the oldest attacker in the Eurocup, as well as the historical benchmark, captain and scorer of the North Macedonia national team, making it the first appearance in its history of the Macedonian national team, the former striker from Inter Milan, Naples, Galatasaray and Lazio will have to command his own to become the ‘black horse’.
The 37-year-old defender is one of the benchmarks of the Russian national team after being active in two editions of the European Championship (2012, 2008), as well as two World Cups (2018, 2014). The Zenit St. Petersburg defender has become an icon in his country after becoming the footballer of the year in Russia in 2008, as well as having appearances with CSKA Moscow and Chelsea in the Premier League.
The 36-year-old goalkeeper plays for the Ukrainian national team and has vast experience in two European Cups (2012, 2016) and one World Cup (2006). The benchmark of the Shakhtar Donetsk goal was considered by Andriy Shevchenko to play the tournament with the aim of wrapping up younger elements.
The 36-year-old central defender will play what will be his fourth European Championship after having activity in three previous editions (2008, 2012, 2016), so his vast experience makes him one of the players to listen to in the team’s dressing room. Swedish. In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury, strategist Janne Andersson will have his key man at the Helsingborgs IF defender.
The 36-year-old defender has played three editions of the Euro (2008, 2012, 2016) and remains in the national team led by Roberto Mancini as the captain. In this edition of the European Championship, the defender will seek to remove the thorn from the runner-up obtained in 2012, thus achieving the second European Championship in the history of his country.
The 36-year-old attacker will play what will be his fifth edition of the European Championship (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and will seek together with his teammates to defend the title of continental champion. The Portuguese star will have the complicated mission of reaching the final again, an instance that he could not play in its entirety, after being injured in the final against France.
OTHER VETERAN ELEMENTS
Dušan Kuciak – Slovakia – 36 years
Łukasz Marek Fabiański – Poland – 36 years
David james marshall – Scotland – 36 years
Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson – Sweden – 36 years
Steve Mandanda – France – 36 years