Neil Humphreys names his best XI from Euro 2016
As the fan zones come down in Paris, our writer hangs around to reflect on his best 11
Hardly a household name before the tournament, McGovern made an impressive 10 saves, many of which were against the Germans.
Northern Ireland needed a narrow defeat to make the knockout stages and the 32-year-old made that happen. But he's a journeyman out of a job and looking for a club, which rather sums up the lacklustre competition.
Euro 2016 was largely dominated by stifling tactics and the occasional counter-attack out wide, which allowed wingbacks to come to the fore. None featured more prominently than the 21-year-old. He gave Germany an attacking impetus that was strangely lacking elsewhere.
The granddaddy of central defending, Chiellini rarely put a foot wrong at the heart of Italy's back three. For many, he was the best defender at the tournament, offering a peerless showcase of intelligent interceptions and tough durability.
Without Chiellini, Italy would've struggled to get out of the group.
Defending dominated the tournament. Most of Euro 2016's most memorable names played in the back four, an indictment of its overly cautious and tentative approach play. Portugal profited the most from such conservative tactics, obviously, and their fortunes improved once Fonte settled in their back four.
The Southampton man was a beacon of consistency.
A tough call as Germany left back Jonas Hector also delivered, particularly in the early stages, but Guerreiro mirrored Portugal, improving as the tournament progressed, peaking in the final against France. His obdurate defending kept out a lively Moussa Sissoko and stopped Bacary Sagna crossing the halfway line.
He faded in the latter stages, but Kroos was otherwise a midfield metronome.
Other Germans wavered. Thomas Mueller failed to score, Mario Goetze went AWOL and the defence dithered against France, but Kroos was a reassuring presence in defensive midfield.
Grzegorz Krychowiak and Paul Pogba had their moments, and Joe Allen was a Welsh livewire, but Kroos' consistency gives him the edge.
The Player of the Tournament. Euro 2016 was so often bogged down in a midfield quagmire of sideways passing that Sanches' explosive presence stood out.
Apart from linking the lines, he surged between them, a rare dynamic force in games that plodded along.
Once he established himself in Portugal's line-up, the 18-year-old added an attacking edge and steered his country towards a shock triumph at the Stade de France. Even in extra time, he never stopped running, chasing and harrying during the final.
An unapologetic, sentimental choice, Iniesta briefly reminded a dozing audience what an elite tournament should look like.
Spain did not make it past the last 16, but the little magician offered more moments of improvisation than many nations combined.
His delicate passing and effortless mastery of the ball made him such a painful loss. Spain were poor, but no one else came close to replicating Iniesta's ingenuity.
Wales looked liked world-beaters with him. They couldn't beat an ordinary Portugal side without him. That's the extent of Ramsey's immeasurable contribution.
He elevated the performances of those around him, particularly Joe Allen and Gareth Bale, and provided the thrust for a side that thrived on the counter-attack.
Had he been available for the semi-final, Wales would've lined up against the hosts in the Stade de France.
He faded fast in the final, much to Didier Deschamps' frustration and France's major mischief-maker was substituted.
It was an ignominious end for a playmaker who carried a nation's hopes so enthusiastically.
At times, Payet played like a kid in a school playground, desperate for one more touch, one more free-kick before the bell went.
He displayed a freedom and an eagerness to take risks that didn't just make him a rarity at Euro 2016. It also made him a freak.
The Golden Boot winner with six goals, Griezmann was a joy to watch. His destruction of both the Irish and Iceland was a masterclass of incisive, impudent finishing.
He deserved a different outcome in the final, considering he had shouldered the burden of responsibility throughout the knockout stages.
To lose the Euro final and the Champions League final in quick succession seems cruel and callous. Griezmann warranted more than a shiny Golden Boot in his hand luggage.
Antonio Conte (Italy)
He made a little go a long, long way. Fernando Santos could say the same, but he at least had Cristiano Ronaldo, Renato Sanches and even Luis Nani. In attacking terms, the Italians had a Southampton striker who just joined the Chinese Super League and a bit-part journeyman, propped up with mediocre midfielders and a creaking defence relying, pretty spectacularly in the end, on muscle memory. Only a penalty kick denied Conte a place in the semi-finals.
Chelsea are lucky to have him.
TOP THREE FLOPS
1. Joe Hart (England)
Looked like he'd won a magazine competition to play in goal at a major tournament and then smothered his gloves in butter before each game.
2. Raheem Sterling (England)
Hardly featured for Manchester City last season. Hardly featured for England when he was picked, spending most of his time on the turf after being tackled.
3. Harry Kane (England)
Nobody puts Harry in the corner. Or he shouldn't be taking corners at least. In a tournament crying out for a conventional, competent No. 9, one of Europe's leading strikers sent over a lookalike instead.
This guy couldn't score, shoot, head, lay off, track back or take corners. He really couldn't take corners.
Roy Hodgson (England)
If you need to ask why, then you should send your resume to the England Football Association. You sound perfect for the job.
THREE BEST FAN GROUPS
They gave Euro 2016 the Thunder Clap. In the final, every French supporter borrowed the "clap" to rouse Les Bleus. It didn't work, but what a fabulous legacy left behind by Iceland (right).
In Lille, they playfully wrestled with Belgium supporters in the town square plaza, settling their tribalism comically rather than violently.
And they took ownership of the old chant "Don't Take Me Home" and shared it with rival fans across France. Most of all, their rousing rendition of Tom Jones' Delilah made the hairs on the neck stand. The Welsh crooner himself would've been proud.
3) Northern Ireland
Four words… Will Grigg's On Fire
THREE WORST FAN GROUPS
They fought in the streets with Marseille locals and police.
They fought with everybody.
They fought among themselves.
Want Payet? Prepare at least $65m
French playmaker Dimitri Payet's impressive performances at Euro 2016 will cost potential suitors at least £50 million ($65m), David Gold, the co-chairman of the player's English Premier League club West Ham, told the BBC on Monday.
The 29-year-old Frenchman - who sparkled for the Hammers last season, scoring nine goals in 30 appearances - had a memorable Euro campaign, scoring some spectacular goals.
The image of him crying when he came off in the opening victory over Romania was one of the standout moments of the tournament.
Despite ending up on the losing side in the final against Portugal - his most notable contribution an early challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo that ended with the Portuguese superstar going off injured - he is bound to attract offers.
"Super clubs would come after a player of his ability," Gold told BBC Radio. "We wouldn't even listen to an offer less than £50m.
"The club need to keep the best players and don't welcome any offers for Payet. He's instrumental, he's important, the team are built round him. He's not for sale."
Gold said Payet had taken to London really well since joining from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille last year and got on really well with manager Slaven Bilic.
"You make him as happy as you can," said Gold, when asked how to ensure he stays.
"He has a great relationship with the manager. He's settled in London, as is his family and the fans adore him. We've done everything we possibly can." - AFP.