After helping Denmark reach the Euro 2020 semifinals, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was named to UEFA’s team of the tournament.
He played every minute of Denmark’s journey to the semifinals in his first major tournament with the national team. The tournament started on a difficult note for Denmark, losing the opening two matches to Finland and Belgium. Højbjerg missed a penalty in the team’s opener, a 1-0 loss to Finland; that match was stopped and then restarted after Christian Eriksen’s medical emergency.
Denmark rebounded to finish second in Group B when it beat Russia 4-1, a game in which Højbjerg recorded two assists. The team then went on a dominant run, beating Wales 4-0 in the Round of 16 and the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Denmark kept things close in the semifinal against England, but lost 2-1 after extra time.
Introducing the official Team of the Tournament for #EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 13, 2021
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Højbjerg is the only Danish player to make UEFA’s team of the tournament. Five total national teams are represented, and five members of the Italy team that won the title made the cut.
The team of the tournament was voted on by UEFA’s technical observers; the members of that group can be found here. The full team of the tournament is below.
UEFA Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy); Kyle Walker (England), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy), Harry Maguire (England), Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy); Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark), Jorginho (Italy), Pedri (Spain); Federico Chiesa (Italy), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Raheem Sterling (England)