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5 defenders who are being foolishly overlooked by the majority of Dream Team Euros managers

There’s not much time for you to settle on a Dream Team Euros XI before scoring gets underway.

You’ll need a defence capable of producing clean sheets to maximise your points tally and we’ve identified five defenders who have have been outrageously overlooked so far.

Could any of these differentials give your team the winning edge?

A major spoiler here…

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A major spoiler here…

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Simon Kjaer (£3.0m)

The word everyone is using to describe Denmark is ‘solid’ – and rightly so.

A double pivot of Thomas Delaney and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is extremely combative while Kasper Schmeichel is protected further by Andreas Christensen (or Jannick Vestergaard) and Kjaer at centre-back.

The latter has an ownership of 1.3% but as the captain of a team who are very difficult to break down he could be a smart choice.

Belgium are a fearsome prospect but Denmark look well equipped to beat to Finland and Russia – two fixtures that look ripe for clean sheet points.

“Denmark look solid” – every bloke in the pub after two weeks of Euro 2020

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“Denmark look solid” – every bloke in the pub after two weeks of Euro 2020

Raphael Guerreiro (£3.5m)

Portugal’s first-choice left-back is probably the most-attacking defender available.

The 27-year-old provided ten assists and scored five goals in the Bundesliga this season for Borussia Dortmund.

Given that Ruben Dias (31.8%) and Joao Cancelo (23.2%) are two of the most-popular defenders in Dream Team Euros, Guerreiro’s ownership of 1.9% is scandalously low.

Stefan de Vrij (£3.5m)

Virgil van Dijk’s absence through injury is undoubtedly a blow for Netherlands but Franck de Boer is still able to select one of the better centre-back partnerships at the tournament.

Matthijs de Ligt will partner De Vrij at the heart of defence. The latter was a key figure for Inter as they romped to the title under Antonio Conte.

Just 3.5% of bosses are backing De Vrij despite the fact he looks a decent shout for a clean sheet or two in Group C alongside Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.

Perhaps that’s because De Ligt is also £3.5m – the Juventus defender features in 16.6% of teams.

Go Dutch?

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Go Dutch?

Caglar Soyuncu (£3.0m)

Guess which team conceded the fewest goals during Euro 2020 qualification? That’s right, Turkey (and Belgium).

Soyuncu and his compatriots were breached just three times in ten games as they comfortably secured their spot at the tournament.

Admittedly, their frugal defence has somewhat evaporated in recent times. They’ve had three 3-3 draws in the last seven months – including one in March against Latvia.

But Soyuncu and Juve’s Merih Demiral will be hopeful of shutting up shop in Group A with Italy, Wales and Switzerland for company.

Leicester’s FA Cup hero has a surprisingly low ownership of 2.3% at this stage.

Pau Torres could be set for a breakout summer

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Pau Torres could be set for a breakout summer

Pau Torres (£3.5m)

The surprise omission of Sergio Ramos resulted in mass caution among Dream Team Euros bosses in regards to Spain.

At the time of writing, Ferran Torres is the only Spaniard with an ownership in excess of 10%.

But they still have an excellent squad which is unfairly compared to the golden generation of 2008 – 2012. Pau Torres heads into Euro 2020 having enjoyed an excellent campaign for Villarreal which ended in Europa League glory.

The hotly-tipped centre-back looks set to partner Aymeric Laporte and should therefore be more popular than he is right now – just 4.5% of gaffers have included him in their XI.

Spain’s preparation has been disrupted this week but knowledgeable pundits still reckon they will top Group E ahead of Sweden, Poland and Slovakia – three teams with considerable vulnerabilities.


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