Euro 2012 squad analysis: Part Two

Rather than bombard you all with information I thought I’d split the Euro 2012 squad analysis into two parts. I’ll try and concentrate more on the players than the squads in this section.

Top goalscorers per nation

  • Croatia – Eduardo (22)
  • Czech Republic – Milan Baros (40)
  • Denmark – Dennis Rommedahl (21)
  • England – Wayne Rooney (28)
  • Spain – Fernando Torres (27)
  • France – Karim Benzema (13)
  • Germany – Miroslav Klose (63)
  • Greece – Thofanis Gekas (21)
  • Holland – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (31)
  • Italy – Daniele De Rossi & Antonio Di Natale (10)
  • Ireland – Robbie Keane (54)
  • Poland – Robert Lewandowski (13)
  • Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo (32)
  • Russia – Roman Pavlyuchenko (20)
  • Sweden – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (29)
  • Ukraine – Andriy Schevchenko (46)

Most capped players per nation

  • Croatia – Josip Šimunić (93)
  • Czech Republic – Petr Cech (89)
  • Denmark – Dennis Rommedahl (113)
  • England – Ashley Cole (93)
  • Spain – Iker Casillas (129)
  • France – Florent Malouda (74)
  • Germany – Miroslav Klose (114)
  • Greece – Giorgos Karagounis (115)
  • Holland – Rafael van der Vaart (94)
  • Italy – Gianluigi Buffon (113)
  • Ireland – Shay Given (121)
  • Poland – Dariusz Dudka (61)
  • Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo (88)
  • Russia – Sergei Ignashevich (73)
  • Sweden – Anders Svensson (126)
  • Ukraine – Antoliy Tymoshchuk (114)

England’s Ashley Cole with 93 caps is the most capped player at Euro 2012 who is yet to score a goal for his country. The other outfield players that have over 40 caps who have yet to score for their country include Yuri Zhirkov (Russia), Aleksei Berezutski (Russia), Danijel Pranjic (Croatia) and Tomáš Hübschman (Czech Republic). Other notable players who have yet to break their international duck include Patrice Evra (39 caps, France), Sergio Bisquets (38 caps, Spain), Stewart Downing (33 caps, England), James Milner (24 caps, England), Simon Kjaer (22 caps, Denmark).

Despite being only 27, Lukas Podolski has amassed 95 international caps for Germany, yet Custódio of Portugal is 29 years old, yet is still to make his international début. Similarly Ukraine substitute keeper Oleksandr Horyainov is 36 years old, yet has only played one full international match.

There are seven players who are younger than 20 years old in the tournament. 19 year olds Jores Okore (defender, Denmark), Rafal Wolski (midfielder, Poland), Kostas Fortounis (midfielder, Greece), Marksym Koval (goalkeeper, Ukraine), Jack Butland (goalkeeper, England) and 18 year olds Jetro Willems (defender, Holland) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfielder, England). If Jetro Willems scores during the tournament he will be the youngest ever player to score in the European Championship finals, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the second youngest player at Euro 2012, is too old to take the record. The current holder of that record Johan Vonlanthen retired last week at the tender age of 26.