NEXT SUMMER’S European Championship promises to be a festival full of football’s top stars.
But not everybody can make it…
From up-and-coming youngsters to established stars, a whole host of players will have to watch Euro 2020 from their living room.
Here, SunSport looks at the most expensive players, via Transfermarkt, who missed out on qualification.
#1 – Jan Oblak – Slovenia – £80m
Had Jan Oblak played for England or Spain, he might be widely seen as the world’s best shot-stopper with a bucketload of international caps.
Alas, Slovenia have not qualified for a major tournament since the Atletico Madrid star’s debut and he spent years as second-choice to Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic.
Jan Oblak’s Slovenia crashed out of Euro 2020 qualifying at the hands of Poland and Austria[/caption]
#2 Erling Haaland – Norway – £71.5m
There is still plenty of time for Erling Haaland to make his mark on the international scene.
Already, the striker has six goals in seven games for Norway but won’t be at Euro 2020 after his country lost in extra-time to Serbia in the play-offs.
#3 – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Serbia – £58m
Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has long been tipped to leave the Serie A club and sign for the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
The opportunity to impress on the big stage next summer was lost with Serbia’s penalty shootout defeat to Scotland.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could not lead his team past Scotland[/caption]
#4 – Miralem Pjanic – Bosnia – £45m
Few know that Miralem Pjanic represented Luxembourg at youth level before switching to the country of his birth in 2008.
Having featured at a World Cup for Bosnia, the Barcelona star will miss Euro 2020 after Northern Ireland knocked his side out of the play-offs.
#5 – Martin Odegaard – Norway – £40m
With Haaland and Martin Odegaard, Norway should be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
But next summer comes too soon for the attacking midfielder, who is enjoying his first full season in the Real Madrid first-team.
Martin Odegaard (right) is one of Norway’s young players who couldn’t qualify[/caption]
#6 – Filip Kostic – Serbia – £28m
Serbia are the most-represented nation on this list having been the favourites to win their play-off path.
Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic will miss Euro 2020 despite being a star of Bundesliga for a number of years.
=6 – Kostas Manolas – Greece – £28m
Greece are now far from the team that won Euro 2004 and were a common fixture at major tournaments.
Coming third in Group J of qualifying, behind Finland, and a poor Nations League performance deprived Napoli defender Kostas Manolas his first Euros.
Euro 2004 winners Greece haven’t reached a major tournament since 2014[/caption]
#8 – Nikola Milenkovic – Serbia – £25m
Serbia must be wondering what might have been after stumbling to Ukraine and Portugal in Group B before the penalty heartbreak at the hands of Scotland.
Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, 23, is one of the starlets who would have fancied making a name for themselves at Euro 2020 with Juventus reportedly tracking his progress.
#9 Marash Kumbulla – Albania – £22m
Albania made their only trip to a major finals in France four years ago, famously beating Romania having almost snatchhed a point off the hosts.
Roma’s 20-year-old defender Marash Kumbulla would have been a key talent to watch had his nation made it out of qualifying.
Roma signed Marash Kumbulla for £11m from Hellas Verona in the summer[/caption]
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=9 – Luka Jovic – Serbia – £22m
Scotland were shocked by Luka Jovic’s late header that took their play-off tie to extra-time.
Serbia could not complete the comeback and the Real Madrid outcast missed the chance to provide his career with a much-needed shot in the arm next summer.