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Euro 2012 D-Day: A starting XI of players staying at home this summer

We’d back this lot to get out of Group A at the very least…

IT’S THE DAY that kept the fringe players of Europe’s national teams awake at night in cold sweats — Euro 2012 squad deadline day.

With so many big names missing out for footballing reasons and through injury, we’ve picked our best starting XI of those who won’t be gracing our screens next month.

We’d back this lot to get out of Group A at the very least.

Euro 2012 D-Day: A starting XI of players staying at home this summer
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  • GK: David de Gea (Spain)

  • DF: Micah Richards (England)

  • DF: Carles Puyol (Spain)

  • DF: Vasili Berezutski (Russia)

  • DF: Kevin Foley (Republic of Ireland)

  • MF: Panagiotis Kone (Greece)

  • MF: Keith Fahey (Republic of Ireland)

  • MF: Gareth Barry (England)

  • MF: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Russia)

  • AM: Yoann Gourcuff (France)

  • ST: David Villa (Spain)

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