REVEALED: The most valuable players in Euro 2016 qualifying featuring Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Bale

first_img 10 10 10 10 7=.Josip Drmic (Switzerland) – 5 points – Drmic’s three goals were crucial as the Swiss finished behind England comfortably. 7=.Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – 5 points – The PSG striker netted eight times and is still brilliant on the international stage but the Swedes require a play-off to reach next summer’s finals. 7=.Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland) – 5 points – Finland might have been denied qualification but Pohjanpalo’s three goals nearly provided a platform to unlikely success. 2=.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 7 points – The Real Madrid goal machine is just as potent on the international stage, scoring five goals as Portugal easily topped their group. Euro 2016 qualfiying, aside from the play-off ties, has finally drawn to a close with three of the home nations earning places in next summer’s finals in France and the Republic of Ireland hoping to make that four.It’s been a memorably flawless campaign for England, while Wales and the Northern Ireland will have even more cause for celebration after securing progress to a major tournament for the first time in generations.Qualifying has seen some of the world’s elite players come to the fore to propel their countries to glory, with some proving more valuable than others.talkSPORT has composed the ten players whose goals earned their nations the most points throughout the campaign.Amazingly, Poland’s in-form hitman Robert Lewandowski – the competition’s top scorer – doesn’t feature, with many of his goals proving ultimately inconsequential to the scoreline.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the rankings… 10 10 10 4=.Marc Janko (Austria) – 6 points – Janko scored seven times and twice as runaway Group G leaders Austria thrashed Liechtenstein in their final game. 10 10 10 1. Thomas Muller (Germany) – 8 points – The ultimate poacher. Muller netted nine times and his anticipation and positioning make him one of the most clinical finishers of modern times. 7=.Artem Dzyuba (Russia) – 5 points – Dzyuba scored seven times as Russia reached their 11th major tournament finals. 4=.Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) – 6 points – The Napoli midfielder proved his nation’s saviour in the final game, scoring twice against Luxembourg to clinch qualification and five times overall. 4=.Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland) – 6 points – A reserve for Norwich but a giant for the Northern Irish, Lafferty’s seven goals were invaluable. 2=.Gareth Bale (Wales) – 7 points – The Welsh maestro was involved in an amazing nine of his nation’s 11 goals in qualifying – scoring seven times. last_img

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