The end of every global tournament triggers endless list in an attempt to sum up and review what has gone before, and this year's European Championships are no different. The finest player, greatest goal and best 11 are among the central questions to be answered in the wake of an underwhelming and even turgid tournament. The last four weeks has been more village fete washout than a 'festival of football'.
In the absence of the cynicism which paints a truer picture of the 24-team Euro 2016, IBTimes UK is going against the grain to select the worst team from the tournament of shame, picking out those players who chose the summer tournament to produce some of the poorest performances of their career. The toughest task was keeping the England nominations down to two.
Joe Hart (England)
After David Seaman, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, David James and Rob Green, read Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper cemented his place in the list of error-strewn England goalkeepers in France to leave his international future hanging by a thread. He laid the foundations for his catastrophic failure by palming Gareth Bale's 40-yard free-kick into the corner in Lens, before building on the error by allowing Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's weak shot to squirm underneath him. Pep Guardiola will have taken note.
Igor Smolnikov (Russia)
At the start of the group stage, it appear inconceivable that Russia could emerge from Euro 2016 with their nation's sporting reputation in worse shape than when they started. Leonid Slutsky's side achieved this feat with two shambolic displays against first Slovakia and then Wales, when they downed tools completely. In the first game, Smolnikov played with reckless abandon going forward but without any discipline at the back as he allowed Vladimir Weiss to escape in behind for the opener before going to sleep as Marek Hamsik doubled the lead. Against Wales, his concentration evaded him again as Neil Taylor scored for the first time since 2010.
Lorik Cana (Albania)
The former Sunderland man was dubbed by many to be Albania's key player prior to the tournament, almost entirely due to his previous life in the Premier League. That ill-fated spell clearly slipped the mind of many as the 33-year-old endured a torrid summer which began with a red card in defeat to Switzerland on the opening weekend, with a handball following a comical attempt to clear the ball. He did return for the momentous win over Romania but by then the damage was done.
Jason Denayer (Belgium)
The only surprise after Hal Robson-Kanu Cruyff turn outfoxed the Belgium defence was that the face of Jason Denayer didn't later appear on the side of a milk carton. The City centre-back came into the Red Devils team for the quarter-final with Wales but looked totally out of his depth. First, Ashley Williams escaped his attention to draw Chris Coleman's team level before arguably the moment of the tournament as the unattached Robson-Kanu collected Ramsey's cross, turned three Belgian players inside out and slotted beyond Thibaut Courtois. Denayer parted like the proverbial red sea. Marc Wilmots' side clearly failed to gel in France, but you can't legislate for such ineptitude.
Christian Fuchs (Austria)
The cult hero of the title-winning Leicester City team in the Premier League, Fuchs came back down to earth with a bang. The left-back lacked protection but as part of the Austria defence which was at sixes and sevens against Hungary and then beaten late on by Iceland, the team went from pre-tournament dark horses to group stage failures. His subsequent retirement from international football is perhaps him conceding his days at the summit of the game are behind him.
Arda Turan (Turkey)
The Barcelona midfielder began the tournament as a the skipper of a Turkey team who were looking to build on their semi-final appearance at Euro 2016. Two games in and with Fatih Terim's side on the brink, he became subject of abuse by his own supporters against Spain and left considering his future international career. Disagreements with Terim and the Turkey Football Federation over bonuses before the tournament meant his displays were already under great scrutiny and once he failed to match expectations, criticism followed. Turan's future is under a cloud.
Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
The Manchester United midfielder was by no means first choice under Wilmots, but nevertheless showed enough incompetence to give Jose Mourinho reason to make him part of his Old Trafford overhaul. In a Belgium team which had designs on passing the ball, Fellaini looked like a fish out of water while he continually walked a disciplinary tightrope. How he survived not being sent off against Wales for a challenge on Gareth Bale – while on a yellow card – is unclear but he stuck around long enough to miss a header to give Belgium hope.
Emil Forsberg (Sweden)
Billed as one of the new breed to carry on the mantle left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Forsberg looked overwhelmed during his first major tournament appearance. Dreary showings against the Republic of Ireland and then Italy –when he was taken off in the second half – was followed by an equally poor display against Belgium despite his opponents' defence being there for the taking. With Zlatan retired, Sweden's are not exactly in safe hands.
Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine)
One half of the dynamic Ukrainian duo quashed claims over his inconsistency with three ham-fisted outings in France which left his team pointless and goalless from their group campaign. The only team to be knocked out after their second match, Konplyanka has gone from tricky winger who was interesting Liverpool and Tottenham, to irrelevant wideman whose lack of a final ball is lacked by his poor physicality.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
If there is any credence to the theory that a bloated Premier League season contributed to the failings of England then that claim is perhaps most relevant for Harry Kane. The Tottenham forward looked heavy-legged and hamstrung by a campaign in which he was often overworked. Unsurprisingly, being played out position and asked to take corners did not aid his task but neither did a hopeless record from free-kicks. England only improved in their only win of the tournament against Wales, after Kane was replaced.
Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)
Yarmolenko is very much the Batman to Konoplyanka's Robin, but the reality is the Dynamo Kiev forward needs saving just as much as his fellow winger. Not that the 26-year-old didn't look threatening during his fleeting periods with the ball, but for a player whose is among the senior members of the squad his contributions are too inconsistently. Furthermore, his trick of coming inside onto his left foot and shooting across goal must be the most overused and tired avenue of attack on the continent.