Tottenham ace given mother of all snubs as Uefa name 30 top 15/16 stars
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been omitted from Uefa’s list of the top 30 players of the 2015/16 season despite his stunning Premier League campaign.
Kane topped the Premier League goal scorers chart last season with 25 goals in the league and spearheaded Spurs’ title challenge.
Bizarrely, the England striker has been snubbed by the governing body while League One top scorer Will Grigg was included in the list and finished in 25th position.
Grigg did enjoy a prolific season in the third-tier of English football with Wigan scoring 25 goals but was subsequently a fringe player for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.
Kane had a hugely disappointing tournament for England but it is remarkable that he was left out of Uefa’s list.
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The 22-year-old was recently named in Marca’s worst team of the tournament for Euro 2016 but he was named by his peers in the PFA Premier League team of the season.
Kane’s Spurs team-mates Hugo Loris and Toby Alderweireld were included in the top 30 and recognised for their defensive performances last year.
There were six other Premier League players who made the cut with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all included.
However no English-based players have made the top 10 shortlist which will be narrowed down to three finalists on 5 August.
The elite players still in contention to be named player of the season are Gareth Bale, Gianluigi Buffon, Antoine Griezmann, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up the accolade last season for his 58 goals in all competitions during the 2014/15 season.
In other Tottenham news, they face competition from Pep Guardiola for West Ham’s £15million wonderkid.
Top 10 shortlist in alphabetical order:
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid & France)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
Thomas Müller (Bayern München & Germany)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern München & Germany)
Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Luis Suárez (Barcelona & Uruguay)
Places 11th-30th ranked:
11 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester & Algeria)
12 Jamie Vardy (Leicester & England)
13 Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)
14 Jérôme Boateng (Bayern München & Germany)
15 Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile)
16 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)
17 N’Golo Kanté (Leicester & France)
18 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden)
19= Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
19= Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
19= Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
19= Renato Sanches (Benfica/Bayern München & Portugal)
23 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München & Poland)
24 Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli & Argentina)
25= Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy)
25= Diego Godin (Atlético Madrid & Uruguay)
25= Will Grigg (Wigan & Northern Ireland)
25= Hugo Lloris (Tottenham & France)
25= Paul Pogba (Juventus & France)
30= Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham & Belgium)
30= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon)
30= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
30= Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla & France)
30= Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla/Paris Saint-Germain & Poland)
30= Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain & France)
30= Georges-Kévin N’Koudou (Marseille & France)
30= Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid & Slovenia)