Euro 2020 will also feature some of the oldest and most experienced players in the world, perhaps for the last time in this particular tournament. Let’s take a look at the top five youngest footballers at Euro 2020.
Euro 2020 kicked off with the opening match and all 24 participating teams gear up for an epic clash at Europe’s biggest international tournament. All teams have announced their 26-man squad for Euro 2020. While the majority of teams have chosen a mixed squad that includes a mix of experienced veterans and emerging young talent, few teams have chosen an entirely young squad.
35-year-old Luka Modric and 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo are perhaps the most famous footballers in the world who will play in Euro 2020. But it is such a talent in the Euros that even the captain of the Croatian and Portugal national team misses. List of the top 5 youngest players in Euro 2020.
5 – Yuri Zhirkov (Russia)
Yuri Zhirkov is the oldest player in the Russian national team and has played more than 100 matches for the Russian national team. At 37 years and 300 days old, the Zenit Saint Petersburg man has become the fifth oldest player at Euros.
The former Chelsea player is a constant threat on the left side of the patch. Initially a winger, Zhirkov has now evolved into a full-back and even a left-back if the need arises.
4 – Goran Pandev (North Macedonia)
Goran Pandev is the fourth oldest player to appear at Euro 2020. The North Macedonia captain is 37 years 318 days old and will be the oldest striker in the tournament.
The Genoa striker is a vital part of his national squad and has announced that he will cut his boots after Euro 2020.
3 – Craig Gordon (Scotland)
Craig Gordon is one of the three goalkeepers in the Scotland squad. Still going strong at 38 years and 161 days as of today, Gordon still has a solid presence among the goalposts.
Craig Gordon is currently playing for Scottish club Hearts since July 2020, but he previously played for Celtic and Sunderland. He was at Celtic from 2014 to 2020 and played more than 240 matches for them.
2 – Martin Stecklenburg (Netherlands)
Stekelenburg will be the second oldest player to participate in Euro 2020. The Dutchman has been selected as one of the three goalkeepers at Orange.
The Ajax goalkeeper is 38 years and 261 days old as of today and has made 59 appearances for Holland. Stekelenburg has played in some notable clubs such as Roma, Everton and Southampton.
1 – Pepe (Portugal)
Pepe is the oldest player in the European Championship 2020. At the age of 38, Pepe is still a key player for Portugal and has an influential presence at the heart of the Portuguese defense.
The former Real Madrid central defender is one of the most famous players in the world. He played a pivotal role in Portugal’s victory at Euro 2016 and will continue to do the same this year.