By Juan José Lahuerta
Madrid, Apr 20 (EFE).- One of UEFA’s strongest warnings against the creation of a European Super League was a threat that players who take part in the project would no longer be eligible for international competitions like the Euros this summer.
Should UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin follow through with this threat, it could affect a total of 89 players, based on the current team selections for World Cup qualifiers, which are subject to change ahead of the Euros.
As it stands, this figure represents 16.12% of the 552 players due to participate in UEFA’s EURO 2020, which is meant to get underway in June this year, having been postponed last year due to Covid-19.
However, some big names were left out of the international call-ups for the qualifiers because of injuries, a drop in form or simply because they didn’t fit in with the coach’s strategy.
These include the likes of Toni Kroos, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Marcus Rashford, Virgil van Dijk, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
Many of those dropped for the qualifiers will retake their spot for the Euros, meaning that the real number of players who would be left out should a ban come into effect could well be closer to 100.
Based on the team sheets for the World Cup qualifiers, Spain and England would be the worst-hit by the ban with 13 and 12 players missing respectively, followed by France with 11 and Portugal with seven.
Germany and Italy would be missing six each while the Netherlands and Croatia would be missing five each.
Of the 24 teams qualified for EURO 2020, 18 would be affected by a hypothetical ban.