Euro 2016 has already had its fair share of ups and downs as we approach the quarter-finals.
In what was supposed to be one of the hardest European Championships for big teams to fail, England still managed to fall at one of the first hurdles, crashing out to Iceland at the Round of 16 stage.
The Three Lions’ star men ultimately just didn’t turn up, but they weren’t alone, as quite a few big name players haven’t made the impact they would have liked on the tournament.
Teaming up with fantasy football product DraftKings, we look at three of the most disappointing Premier League players at the Euros so far.
It only seems right to start with Raheem Sterling. The 21-year-old’s lack of confidence is woeful and it seems unlikely that he is going to impress Pep Guardiola next season if he carries on his current form.
The Manchester City man doesn’t even seem to know what his best position is, so it’s no wonder he created just two opportunities from the three games he played.
Admittedly, he won the penalty against Iceland, but his inclusion robbed Adam Lallana – arguably England’s best player in the group stages – of a place in the side, and it showed.
Sterling is about as poor a pick as you could have selected on DraftKings this week, failing to pick up any +2 points for shots on goal or +6 points for assists.
There is a growing consensus that Belgium are advancing in spite of manager Marc Wilmots, who has made some baffling decisions.
Most international managers are crying out for a defensive pair who play together week in, week out, and Wilmots has one in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but is failing to operate them both at the heart of his defence.
Instead, Vertonghen is being deployed at left-back, but doesn’t add anything down the wing, so he isn’t even picking up any +0.75 points for crosses.
At the back, despite being one of Belgium’s more experienced players, Vertonghen has shirked responsibility too often, and that has been disappointing to see.
Fellaini is another of Wilmots’ more bizarre selections, sometimes playing in place of Mousa Dembele, who had an incredible 100% passing accuracy in the Ireland game.
Meanwhile, the Manchester United midfielder has been his usual clumsy self, dropping -0.5 points for fouls conceded left, right, and centre.
Against Hungary, he played for just 10 minutes and, in truth, Belgium looked more comfortable on the ball without him. It’s not exactly surprising that he has played a far less prominent role in the side recently.
Under DraftKings’ rules, yellow cards carry a -1.5 point penalty too, so Fellaini is a big risk. His performances at the tournament so far have compounded another under-par season at United, so it will be interesting to see whether he has any place in Jose Mourinho’s future plans.