Going into the group stages, West Ham had five members make the trip for the respective countries. Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, and Declan Rice made their countries rosters, and Pablo Fornals was on the Spanish backup squad. After matchday three of the group stages, only Fabianski has started his holiday earlier than hoped.
With the round of 16 kicking off on Saturday, UEFA released their team of the group stage presented by JustEatTakeaway.com. Yarmolenko made the cut due to his impressive matches in the group stages. He scored three times and got an assist in just three games while earning 20 fantasy points.
The rest of the team looks like this: Depay with 20, Ronaldo with 29, Schick with 21, Forsberg had 23, Shaqiri got 21, Wijanaldum with 23, Meunier got 18, Laporte had 20, Dumfries earned 22, and Donnarumma had 18 points guarding the net. The Netherlands had three Dutch lads earn a spot, while the rest of the spots were taken up by differing countries.
West Ham’s Yarmolenko makes the Euro 2020 Team of the Group Stage
Yarmolenko played lights out, and it is clear why he made the squad over his West Ham counterparts. Coufal, Soucek, and Rice did their jobs, but not enough to appease the Fantasy Football gods. Additionally, Yarmo is one of the sole reasons that Ukraine moved on into the round of 16.
If you’re looking for West Ham players snubbed from the list, you won’t find any. As previously mentioned, the Czech mates did their part and played well, but it wasn’t enough. Maybe, you could mention that Rice getting grief for “not playing well” by the pundits was a snub, but the West Ham faithful know who he is and how much of a legend he has already become.
Up next for Yarmolenko and the rest of the West Ham players still in the competition is the round of 16. On Sunday, the Czech Republic plays a tough match against the Netherlands, and then on Tuesday, Ukraine plays Sweden, and England will face off against Germany. Andriy Yarmolenko is certainly in great form, so tune in and see what he can do moving forward.