UEFA have released their list of 40 nominees for the 2016 Team of the Season, with Wales rewarded for their super Euro 2016 campaign by snaffling three inclusions, courtesy of Joe Allen, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
England’s dismal failure in the competition means that they miss out completely on the list, although the exclusion of Leicester City hitman Jamie Vardy is a bit of a surprise after his goals fired the Foxes to an unlikely Premier League title.
The Premier League is well represented with Vardy’s 2015/16 team-mates N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez both listed.
Not surprisingly, European Champions Portugal are well represented via goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo.
As for notable exclusions, along with Vardy, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil misses out after an assist-packed campaign in 2015/16.
Here’s the full list…
Fans can vote for their choices at en.toty.uefa.com until January 3, with the final line-up announced on January 5.
GOALKEEPERS: Gigi Buffon (Juventus), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Rui Patricio (Sporting).
DEFENDERS: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Pepe (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
MIDFIELDERS: Joe Allen (Stoke), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
FORWARDS: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Barcelona).
You can vote for your best 11 here, with the final line-up announced on January 5th.