There can be loads of distinctive younger expertise on show in Poland over the approaching weeks, as a few of the world’s prime kids convene for the European Beneath-21 Championship. Organised by group, we select one participant to observe from every of the 12 sides participating within the competitors.

England: Tammy Abraham

  • Membership: Chelsea
  • Age: 19
  • Place: Striker

The angular attacker comes into the event on the again of a implausible season with Bristol Metropolis, the place the Chelsea loanee discovered the again of the web 26 occasions in all competitions. Abraham, who seems more likely to be despatched out on mortgage to a Premier League aspect forward of the approaching season, will function the focus of Aidy Boothroyd’s aspect, main the road because the Younger Lions look to win the competitors for the primary time since 1984.

Slovakia: Laszlo Benes

  • Membership: Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Age: 19
  • Place: Attacking midfielder

Slovakia‘s crown jewel, Laszlo Benes is being hailed because the inheritor to Marek Hamsik – excessive reward, certainly – and can get an opportunity to showcase his versatile talent set as he anchors the Slovak midfield in Poland. Benes, who pairs a strong shot with excellent passing means, was used sparingly at Borussia Monchengladbach this season, however would be the star of the present for Pavel Hapal’s unfancied aspect.

Poland: Bartosz Kapustka

  • Membership: Leicester Metropolis
  • Age: 20
  • Place: Winger

Although he struggled to make an impression – or get any enjoying time, actually – throughout his first season at Leicester Metropolis, winger Bartosz Kapustka shall be relied upon closely as host nation Poland appears to make a splash on the European U-21 Championship. Along with ahead Dawid Kownacki – who has been in comparison with Robert Lewandowski in some circles – Kapustka, who already has senior staff caps to his identify, will look to be the impetus behind the Polish assault.

Sweden: Niclas Eliasson

  • Membership: Norrkoping
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Winger

Sweden, the defending European Beneath-21 champion, might have a troublesome time reaching the semi-finals of the competitors given the expanded format; just one runner-up from the three teams will make it to the knockout stage, which means the Swedes might want to both prime England in Group A, or pip the likes of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Germany for the final spot within the remaining 4. For Hakan Ericson’s aspect to have an opportunity, electrical Norrkoping winger Niclas Eliasson, who’s main the Allsvenskan with eight assists in simply thirteen matches up to now this season, might want to dominate.

Portugal: Ruben Neves

  • Membership: Porto
  • Age: 20
  • Place: Central midfielder

The forgotten man of the Portuguese youth motion. Ruben Neves was billed because the midfielder that may lead the Selecao for years to return when, as an 18-yr-previous again in 2015, he turned the youngest participant to ever put on the captain’s armband in a Champions League match. The Porto midfielder might have been surpassed on the hierarchy by teenage teammate Renato Sanches, however Neves, snug working in a holding position but in addition capable of get ahead from central midfield, will probably be essential if Portugal is to pip Spain to first place in Group B.

Macedonia: Enis Bardhi

  • Membership: Ujpest
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Attacking midfielder

Debutant Macedonia comes into the competitors as a heavy underdog, regardless of a powerful qualifying marketing campaign that noticed Blagoja Milevski’s aspect lose simply as soon as in 10 matches, beating out European behemoth France for prime spot in its group. Enis Bardhi, an attacking midfielder with a penchant for locating the again of the web – he scored 12 objectives for Hungarian aspect Ujpest this previous season – already has six senior staff caps, and might want to convey his scoring boots if the Macedonians are to make a splash in Poland.

Spain: Marco Asensio

  • Membership: Actual Madrid
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Attacking midfielder / winger

Arguably the premier participant within the competitors. Asensio, who has already damaged via at Actual Madrid and established himself as a key contributor for Zinedine Zidane, seems destined for superstardom. A dribbling wizard who can play a number of attacking positions, the 21-yr-previous leads a ridiculously gifted Spain aspect that’s anticipated by many to seize this trophy for a document-equaling fifth time.

Serbia: Andrija Zivkovic

  • Membership: Benfica
  • Age: 20
  • Place: Winger

Expectations are excessive for an thrilling winger who has already completed a lot in his younger profession. Zivkovic holds the Serbian document because the youngest participant to ever win a cap with the senior nationwide staff – he was simply 17 years previous – and was the star performer for a Serbia aspect that captured the U-20 World Cup title in 2015. Regardless of his tender age, he served as captain of Partizan Belgrade earlier than making the transfer to Benfica final summer time. Not dangerous, child.

Czech Republic: Patrik Schick

  • Membership: Sampdoria
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Striker

The younger ahead was the highest scorer in qualifying for this event with 10 tallies, and his exploits in entrance of objective prolonged into his marketing campaign with Sampdoria; the Sparta Prague youth product bagged eleven objectives this previous season, placing his supreme technical capability on show commonly. A strike towards Crotone in April, eerily harking back to Dennis Bergkamp’s trademark tally, was the standout, and that sort of talent is a part of the rationale he is reportedly on the verge of a €30-million transfer to Juventus.

Denmark: Marcus Ingvartsen

  • Membership: FC Nordsjaelland
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Centre-ahead

A sleeper decide for prime scorer within the event, Denmark‘s bodily imposing ahead has been discovering the web frequently for each membership and nation; Ingvarsten led the Danish Superliga with 23 objectives this previous season, and struck eight occasions in simply six qualifying matches for this competitors.

Germany: Serge Gnabry

  • Membership: Bayern Munich
  • Age: 21
  • Place: Large midfielder/winger

The German squad arrives in Poland rife with gamers that are already family names, each within the Bundesliga and past. Serge Gnabry is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. Forged apart by each Arsenal and West Brom throughout his time within the Premier League, the 21-yr-previous Stuttgart native has loved a powerful previous yr; after main the Olympic soccer event in scoring final summer time, Gnabry hit eleven objectives for Werder Bremen. His potential to seek out the web from his extensive midfield spot satisfied Bayern Munich to snap him up on a 3-yr deal earlier this month.

Italy: Federico Bernardeschi

  • Membership: Fiorentina
  • Age: 23
  • Place: Winger

After Spain, Italy boasts probably the most gifted aspect within the competitors. Whereas a formidable backline that features the likes of Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara ought to show troublesome to interrupt down, this Italian squad is bursting with attacking high quality. Wingers Domenico Berardi and Federico Bernardeschi spotlight that group; the Fiorentina standout, a artful dribbler whose left foot is equal elements elegant and exact, has the expertise not solely to be the Azzurrini’s main man, however to go away Poland because the event’s prime performer.

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