Euro 2020 qualifiers: Erling Haaland and 10 others who will miss out next summer


The postponed European Championships still feel a lifetime away. 

Nevertheless, we are that bit closer to knowing which teams will be taking part following last night's play-offs. 

Norway, Bosnia and the Republic of Ireland were among the teams who crashed out and will play no further part in the tournament. 

It means the wait continues for Erling Haaland to participate in his first major international tournament. 

There is no doubt that Haaland is a generational talent. The 20-year-old already has 21 goals in his 23 games since moving to Borussia Dortmund.

The striker's record with Molde and RB Salzburg saw him catapulted into the spotlight and drawing comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Yet world football's dominant duo might give the young prodigy one bit of advice; in the conversation about the game's true greats, international careers will always be taken into account. 

It's a missile that's so often aimed at Messi as his Argentina side have so often fallen at the last hurdle in the World Cup and Copa America. 

If it's any consolation, though, Haaland will not be the only player missing out on the Euros. 

Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) 

Tottenham's new right-back missed a penalty in the shootout against Slovakia. Jose Mourinho might be relieved that one of his key players won't feature in the play-off finals, but the Irishman will be bitterly disappointed. 


Josh King (Norway)

While it's certain he won't be travelling around Europe with Norway, it's difficult to know where the Bournemouth striker will be playing his football next summer. King is inevitably being targeted by a number of Premier League clubs before the domestic window closes.

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

At 34, this may well have been Dzeko's last shot at an international tournament. Sadly, the Roma striker couldn't help his country past Northern Ireland and they were knocked out on penalties. 


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) 

Mkhitaryan has been focusing on getting back at shape since joining Roma, but he won't have the incentive of gearing up for the Euros as Armenia failed to get out of their group. 

Stevan Jovetić (Montenegro)

Manchester City fans who might have wondered what he's up to these days won't be looking out for Montenegro, who didn't qualify, but they can find him at Monaco.

Jan Oblak (Slovenia)

Slovenia did not even make it to the play-offs, through no fault of arguably the world's best goalkeeper who has excelled so often for Atletico Madrid. It's a travesty that a stopper of Oblak's quality won't be on the big stage next summer.


Josip Iličić (Slovenia)

Atalanta were the surprise package in last season's Champions League, thanks in no small part to their star forward. However, Iličić has suffered the same fate as Oblak and won't be featuring.

David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) 

Ireland boss Stephen Kenny feared McGoldrick might stop playing for the Boys in Green altogether when he took over, but he remains part of his plans - but that won't be at UEFA's showpiece. 

Vlad Chiriches (Romania) 

The former Tottenham centre-back captains his country, but they were undone by Iceland and, in particular, an impressive display from his former Spurs teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

Sander Berge (Norway) 

Another unfortunate casualty of Norway's demise is Sheffield United's promising 22-year-old. The flip side is that they were beaten by Serbia, which means we will get to see Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Dusan Tadic in action. 

It's Haaland whose loss will be felt most, however, as the world waits to see him shining for his country. 

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