11 pictures that show world-class XI who will be absent from Euro 2016

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There will be a whole host of world-class stars missing at the European Championships in France, whether it be through injury or omission from their National team squads.

With Euro 2016 fast approaching, excitement is building around the continent in anticipation of what could be one of the best European Championships of all time.

Unfortunately, some of Europe's best players will have to experience the tournament from the comfort of their own homes due to injury, not being selected, or their country failing to qualify for UEFA's showpiece national team event.

Below is the the world-class absentee XI who can consider themselves extremely unlucky not to be enjoying the festivities in France over this coming month.

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GK - Tim Krul:

Newcastle United's Tim Krul

The 28-year-old Newcastle United and Holland international is not only injured, but his country also failed to qualify for the tournament. He has been with the Tyneside club for his whole career, and is expected to return to action for the start of next season.

RB - Dani Carvajal:

Real Madrid's Daniel Carvajal in action with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

The Real Madrid right-back was extremely unfortunate when he injured himself during his side's Champions League final success at the end of last month. He was replaced in the Spain squad by Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, but his experience and class will still be sorely missed in France

CB - Vincent Kompany:

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany waves to fans as he walks off to be substituted after sustaining an injury

The Manchester City captain's cruel injury luck struck again when he damaged his knee in his side's Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid. Luckily, Belgium have ample cover in the central defensive area. Kompany's absence, however, will still be a bitter pill to swallow for the Belgians.

CB - Raphael Varane:

France's Raphael Varane in action

France and Real Madrid's young central defender is another world-class player who will be absent from the European Championships through injury. The 23-year-old damaged his thigh in training, leaving French coach Didier Deschamps no option but to call up Adil Rami as a replacement in his Euro squad.

LB - Luke Shaw:

Manchester United's Luke Shaw reacts after sustaining an injury

With the young Manchester United defender still on the mend following his horrific leg-break in September 2015, his omission from England's squad is understandable. The former Southampton man has not played since that fateful day, but is a certainty to feature for the Three Lions in future major tournaments.

CDM - Andrea Pirlo:

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The Italian legend and former Juventus and AC Milan star now plies his trade in the MLS for New York City, and that is the exact reason for his omission from the Italy squad for the Euros. National team coach Antonio Conte explained how if any of his players move to play in America then they must deal with the consequences, as reported here by The Guardian.

CM - Santi Cazorla:

Santi Cazorla celebrates with Juan Mata after scoring the second goal for Spain

Arsenal's diminutive Spaniard failed to receive a call-up for his country ahead of the Euros, despite being capped 77 times by national team coach Vincente del Bosque throughout his career. He was missing through injury for the majority of the Gunners' campaign, however, and this is probably the main reason for his omission.

CM - Marco Verratti:

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Paris Saint-Germain's highly talented 23-year-old midfielder misses out on Euro 2016 through injury, and it will be to the detriment of not only his country, but the viewers who will miss out on witnessing his incredible touch, vision, tenacity and technique. He is another who has a long career ahead of him, however, with his future major tournament participation a mere formality.

CAM - Juan Mata:

Spain's Fernando Torres (L), Juan Mata (C), Sergio Ramos (2nd R) and Andres Iniesta celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA EURO 2012 Final

Manchester United's mercurial playmaker missed out on selection for Spain. What made his omission all the more baffling was the fact Cazorla was also bypassed for selection, with del Bosque preferring the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Koke and Thiago Alcantara.

CF - Karim Benzema:

File photo of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema with UEFA Champions League Cup

The Real Madrid striker's omission from the French squad is very likely more to do with his off-field problems than his prowess on the pitch. Deschamps has been emphatic in his praise for Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud and sees him as Les Bleus' main goal threat. It is incredible to think that Benzema, who has 81 caps for France, will not be gracing the tournament on his home soil.

CF - Diego Costa:

Spain's Diego Costa in action

Although the Chelsea man struggled for form during this past season, his absence from Euro 2016 is arguably the most surprising of the bunch. The former Atletico Madrid man seemed to return to his former self, following the departure of Jose Mourinho in December and scored nine goals in Chelsea's final 14 Premier league games. Spain coach del Bosque instead opted for Athletico Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz and Costa's Chelsea teammate Pedro among others.

There were an handful of stars who just missed out, that could arguably have made the XI, including the likes of Arjen Robben, Kurt Zouma and Mario Balotelli.

What cannot be argued, however, is the quality of the XI selected.

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