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Gareth Bale fails to join club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in team of Euro 2016

Gareth Bale fails to join club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in team of Euro 2016
By PA Sport

11/07/2016 at 23:41Updated 12/07/2016 at 07:19

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of four players from Euro 2016 champions Portugal's squad to have been included in UEFA's team of the tournament, but Real Madrid colleague Gareth Bale has missed out.

A 13-man team of technical observers, which included ex-Manchester United managers Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes and current England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate, has selected a team following the conclusion of the tournament in France, which was won for the first time by Portugal on Sunday evening.

Golden boot winner Antoine Griezmann, who was also crowned the player of the tournament, was in the team, as was West Ham and France winger Dimitri Payet, but there was no space for forward Bale alongside compatriots Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey in the 4-2-3-1 system.

The XI was made up solely of players from the four semi-finalists, with Germany's Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng and Toni Kroos joining Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and defenders Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro as the others in the team.

Bale is perhaps the most surprising omission from the line-up, having scored in each of the three group games en route to Wales' run to the last four in their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

"After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA Euro 2016," said Ferguson.

"We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom have the ability to create and score goals.

"We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition."