Ten underused players at Euro 2012

Alessandro Diamanti
We wanted more of Italy's mercurial forward Alessandro Diamanti. Photo: PA

ITV.com football writer James Appell chooses ten players who didn't see enough of the ball at Euro 2012.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)

There were some fears that this was a tournament too soon for the 18-year-old, especially after an opening performance against France where flashes of brilliance were offset by an inability to find a team-mate. But The Ox belongs at this level, and arguably outperformed the more experienced Ashley Young. How England could have done with his energy during that desperate extra-time period against Italy.

Fernando Llorente (Spain)

Vicente del Bosque's tactic of not picking a designated striker ultimately paid dividends, but what a pity that Athletic Bilbao's £30million-rated forward never got a look-in earlier in the tournament. Sadly for the talented Llorente, Alvaro Negredo's inclusion in the starting XI against Portugal suggests the Spanish coach just does't rate him.

Alan Dzagoev (Russia)

Three goals in the group stage made 21-year-old Dzagoev joint-top scorer at Euro 2012 - so imagine how many he could have scored had Russia not been eliminated after just three matches. Luckily English fans look set to see a lot more of the Russian wunderkind this season, as he nears agreement on a deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

Marco Reus (Germany)

Joachim Low sprung a surprise against Greece in the quarter-finals by promoting Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus to the right wing ahead of Thomas Muller. The plan worked, as Reus performed brilliantly and scored a marvellous goal to boot. Just as suddenly he was dropped again for Germany's semi-final defeat to Italy. If it ain't broke, don't fix it Jogi.

James McClean (Republic of Ireland)

A desperately poor tournament for Ireland may have at least been partially redeemed had Giovanni Trapattoni opted to field one of his most in-form players for more than just 14 minutes. McClean's exciting displays for Sunderland last year should have earned him far more than that, at the expense of the disappointing Aiden McGeady.

Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)

In a way we saw a little too much of Danish front-man Bendtner, especially after he pulled down his shorts to reveal sponsored underpants in Denmark's match against Portugal. But in another we should have had more time to enjoy the Arsenal outcasts's mini-renaissance. Clad in the red of Denmark he looks a different proposition - strong in the air and hungry for goals.

Luka Modric (Croatia)

Just in time for the summer transfer window - call us cynical - Luka Modric hit sublime form as Croatia came desperately close to shocking Spain in the group stages. The Tottenham midfielder earned deserved plaudits for his poise and vision, and he left fans wanting much, much more.

Alessandro Diamanti (Italy)

Diamanti managed 101 lively minutes at Euro 2012, but it was enough to remind us all of the Italian's mercurial talents. Would it he have made a difference in the final? Probably not, but it would have been nice to see the man derided for his spell at West Ham prove a few more people wrong with an appearance.

Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)

Ukraine's most impressive performer, bar perhaps Andriy Shevchenko, 22-year-old Yarmolenko was a thorn in England's side during that nail-biting group stage decider in Donetsk. A total of just one assist at Euro 2012 reflects neither his all-round contribution to Ukraine's tournament, nor his burgeoning reputation. Expect bigger and better things from him in the near future.

Laurent Koscielny (France)

It's not an overstatement to suggest that Arsenal defender Koscielny is a more cultured centre half than both Philippe Mexes and Adil Rami, the two players who began Euro 2012 as France's first-choice pairing. By the time the 26-year-old got his chance to shine France had already thrown away first place in Group D and Koscielny's team-mates were at each other's throats.