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Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern named Euro 2016's best stopper of the group stages

Published 23/06/2016

Michael McGovern thwarts another attack during his masterclass against Germany
Michael McGovern thwarts another attack during his masterclass against Germany
Top class: Michael McGovern showed in front of a TV audience of millions just how good a goalkeeper he has become
Michael McGovern
Michael McGovern his wife Leann and son Kieran

Michael McGovern has been named as the goalkeeper of the Euro 2016 group stages.

Northern Ireland's number one pulled off heroics to stop the Germans registering a cricket score against Michael O'Neill's men in Paris on Tuesday night.

It was because of McGovern the team lost 1-0 helping them book their place in the last 16.

More: Michael McGovern’s magical masterclass against World Cup champions

Opta - one of the game's foremost authorities on statistics - has named McGovern in its best XI for the group stages.

He has been named alongside Gareth Bale of Wales, Dimitri Payet of France and Spain's Iniesta.

More: Michael McGovern in demand after star showing at Euros

Michael McGovern thwarts another attack during his masterclass against Germany
Michael McGovern thwarts another attack during his masterclass against Germany
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Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Austin MacPhee talks to Michael McGovern while Will Grigg and Corry Evans are pictured on the exercise bikes during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans, Oliver Norwood and Conor McLaughlin during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Austin MacPhee talks to Michael McGovern while Will Grigg and Corry Evans are pictured on the exercise bikes during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood and Jimmy Nicholl during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans during Thursdays training session ahead of their game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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