After a surprising English Premier League season, look out for these players in Euro 2016
Belgium – Romelu Lukaku – Foward
Everybody is going to look out for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale but there is this hunger about the Belgian star that is going to make him stand out during Euro 2016. Apart from being among the top three scorers in the EPL this season with 18 goals, only one behind this seasons star for Leicester, Jamie Vardy and four behind top goal scorer Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Reading passes well and creating goal opportunities from anything that comes his way, he definitely shows promise. And with help from in-form Kevin De Bruyne and the likes of Chadli, Januzaj, Hazard and Origi, the Belgian team will look to win as many games in the tournament and table toppers in Group E if Italy don’t do anything special.
Czech Republic – Petr Cech – Goalkeeper
Clearly a seasoned campaigner playing for the Czech Republic since his Under-15 days, the goalkeeper and captain of the national side will be a vital component of the Czech team between the posts in Group D which has Croatia, Spain and Russia to defend against. He is currently recovering from injury and him remaining fit to play in the tournament after two months is necessary for the Czech side whose goal scoring ability needs an equally formidable goalkeeper at the back, he’s done a decent job for Arsenal this season, it’s time to deliver for Czech Republic yet again, isn’t it?
England – Jamie Vardy – Forward
If you’re an ardent football supporter and EPL follower, you know why Vardy is on this list. He has had a dream season with Leicester City and being the second topmost scorer in the EPL with 19 goals, it is going to be interesting to see how he takes his club success at the International stage for England. The English have had a great side since all of us can remember but have faltered more often than we have expected. It was a tough call between Kane and Vardy but I had to pick the latter from his performance this season with the Foxes but that does not leave Hurri-Kane (Harry Kane) any far behind. If Leicester go on to win the league, he might just carry the form and help England win the championship for the very first time.
Germany – Mesut Ozil – Midfielder
If there is one player that has kept Arsenal in the scoring books, it has to be Ozil with his brilliant gameplay and regular crosses into the box. We cannot ignore 18 assists this season for which he has received the moniker ‘Assist King’. The German maybe have slacked a bit in the latter part of the season but never fails to deliver when it matters most. Germany riding on their World Cup glory from 2014 will only look to extend their world dominance in football and Ozil seems to be the perfect player to create chances for Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller.
Italy – Graziano Pelle – Forward
If the English Premier League 2015 – 2016 has seen the rise of new stars like Vardy and Mahrez, then fans cannot ignore Pelle and his performance for Southampton this season. The Italian opened the Saints’ account this season after scoring against Newcastle in the opening match, he has gone on to score nine goals after that and helped Southampton stay seventh in the league. At 6 ft 4 inches, the towering striker is definitely an asset to the national team with his pace and accuracy along with his goal scoring ability on ground as well as in the air. It will be interesting to see how he plays against the likes of Belgium and Sweden who look to be the top contenders in Gtoup E.
Slovakia – Martin Skrtel – Defenders
He definitely might seem as a surprise inclusion in because he’s been there for a while.The centre-back is a promising player and is known to deliver when his side require it from him, be it those late equalisers or brilliant interceptions that prevent the opponents from scoring goals against him. The 31-year-old has also captained his side in the qualifying stages and defeated a formidable side like Spain to qualify for final tournament. His experience in the English Premier League will also count against sides like England and Wales in Group B.
Spain – David De Gea – Goalkeeper
The once reigning champions are better this time around, while they have the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, David Silva, Santi Cazorla and the infamous Diego Costa, De Gea is hard to miss. Casillas is part of the team but definitely not first choice with De Gea around. If there is one person you can count on for a good performance in the Manchester United team today, it has to be the Spanish youngster apart from Rashford’s recent brilliance. He quick reflexes and ability with hands and feet make him the most important asset for Spain if they want to win Euro 2016. Deflecting, punching and saving those top corners convinces me that there is a brilliant performance in the waiting in this tournament.
These choices are strictly mine, would love to see your list of players 😀