Which goalkeepers should you consider for your Euro 2016 fantasy football teams?
Euro 2016 is upon us at last, with 51 games taking place over the next month to decide the winner of the 2016 European Championship.
Some of the finest goalkeepers in world football are in France with their teams this summer, but which stoppers go into the tournament in the best form?
Here’s our guide to some of the goalkeepers worth considering for your daily fantasy football teams during this fantastic feast of football.
Ciprian Tătăruşanu is far from the most famous face on show at the European Championship, but he had a truly superb record during the qualifying process. Tătăruşanu kept seven clean sheets in nine appearances for Romania in their group, conceding a mere 0.22 goals per game as indicated in the Oulala infographic below, as they defended their way to a place in the finals.
Romania get their Euros underway in the opening game of the tournament against France on Friday night and they have a decent chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage, with Austria and Switzerland making up the rest of their section of the draw.
England won all 10 of their qualifiers to book a Euro 2016 spot in style and their success was built on a solid foundation anchored by their excellent number one, Manchester City’s Joe Hart.
Hart conceded only three goals and matched Tătăruşanu’s seven clean sheets, but England have kept just one shut-out in their last five friendly internationals, a 1-0 win against 10-man Portugal.
Belgium are among the favourites going into the tournament after they reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup two years ago, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois one of their finest players.
The 24-year-old collected five clean sheets in eight qualifying games, but the loss of captain Vincent Kompany to yet another injury could weaken Belgium’s defence at the finals.
Gareth Bale might grab most of the headlines for Wales, but one of their key players in qualifying was their goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who kept seven clean sheets in 10 matches to help his side to their first major international tournament since 1958.
Hennessey had a difficult domestic season with his club, Crystal Palace, with a few bad mistakes marring the Premier League campaign, although his side made it through to the FA Cup final too.
David de Gea
Our final selection of goalkeepers to look out for at Euro 2016 this summer is David de Gea, who has finally been promoted to become Spain’s number one.
Vicente Del Bosque dropped veteran stopper Iker Casillas midway through the qualifying process and de Gea repaid the faith the coach placed in him with three clean sheets out of three.
Manchester United goalkeeper de Gea will be playing in his first major international tournament and the 25-year-old can secure his reputation as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world with fine performances at the finals.
However, de Gea was in goal for Spain’s shock 1-0 loss to Georgia in their final warm-up game for the European Championship, a result his side will have to bounce back from if they are to win the tournament for the third time in a row.