Rewind: Euro 2012

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since the last European Championships.

That was a time before Jack Butland was even a Stoke City player, although he was part of England’s squad in Poland and Ukraine.

Another current Stoke player in that England squad was Glen Johnson, as the Three Lions crashed out in the quarter finals.

But what about other Stoke links at the tournament?

Stoke’s number two keeper at the time was Thomas Sorensen, but he pulled out of Denmark’s squad due to injury.

The only representatives The Potters had in the tournament both wore the green of Ireland.

Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters were part of a team that failed to pick up a point, with future Stokie Shay Given in between the sticks for the Irish. Ex-loanees Stephen Kelly and Keith Andrews were also part of the 23 man squad.

The current trio will hope for better in France this time around.

Ibrahim Afellay was a surprise call up by the Netherlands for the tournament, but did start their opening two matches against Denmark and Germany. Things didn’t go to plan though, with his country ultimately returning home without a point.

Stoke have never had a Polish player on their books, but four years ago we did have a trialist by the name of Sebastian Boenisch.

The left back appeared in his homeland just a few weeks before that trial, but failed to help Poland avoid coming bottom of Group A.

It wasn’t the most memorable of tournaments in truth, so let’s hope for some fireworks at Euro 2016.

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