Opinion: Three Spurs players I think are unlucky not to be at Euro 2020

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Tanguy Ndombele
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In this article, I will be looking at the Spurs players who represent a national team that are in the Euros but were not picked to play for them.

Not all players that this happened to will be spoken about, only ones that I deem to be potentially controversial.

Tanguy Ndombele

There are an abundance of French midfielders who are less deserving of the call up than Ndombele, but some of them got into the squad.

I believe that he should have been picked over Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso and club teammate, Moussa Sissoko.

You have got to ask yourself, does Ryan Mason have a part to blame in Ndombele’s exclusion? Since Ndombele performed awfully against Southampton, he didn’t get a look in to start for Tottenham once Mason took over. 

The interim Tottenham manager used him as a late substitution to change the game and nothing more.

It seems as though the 24-year-old hasn’t put in enough recent appearances in Didier Deschamps’ eyes to deserve the chance of representing his country in this competition.

Steven Bergwijn

Due to a lack of playing time during the season, Bergwijn has been left out of the Netherlands Euro squad.

While Bergwijn is mildly experienced playing for his national team, making 12 appearances, Frank De Boer chose Cody Gakpo over him.

This could prove to be the wrong choice if Gakpo gets the chance to play, as he is yet to make a single appearance for the national team, which could lead to the nerves getting the better of him.

I think Bergwijn should have been taken as he can play on either wing. This is an amazing trait to have when your team is limited to how many players they can have at a tournament. 

Sergio Reguilón

There is no arguing that Reguilon is currently in terrible form. But despite this, it is still harsh leaving him out of the squad entirely. Having said that, it would have been a risk for Luis Enrique.

Enrique sided with the safer option of Jordi Alba as the starting left-back and will likely be using Jose Gaya as the backup, which is understandable and respectable.

Reguilon isn’t the only Spanish defender left out of the squad with the great Sergio Ramos even missing out, so he is in good company. 

At the World Cup qualifiers in March, Reguilon was also left out. It seems that if he wants to make the cut then he will have to get some more outstanding performances under his belt on a more consistent basis for Spurs. 

The other notable Tottenham players missing out on representing their national team this summer were Eric Dier, Dele Alli, and Harry Winks. However, I don’t think any of these decisions were controversial enough to be included.

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