As England are set to begin the European Championships with the youngest squad at the tournament it will give our players the chance to showcase their talents and do the nation proud. Marcus Rashford is the youngest player of all the teams travelling to France and he alongside other Premier League wonder kids such as Dele Alli, Hector Bellerin, Divock Origi and Antony Martial will be looking to steal the limelight at Euro 2016. Well established youngsters playing in Europe such as Kingsley Coman, Breel Embolo and Tin Jedvaj are also featuring in the competition but there are many others yet to make a name for themselves.
At all international tournaments new faces emerge and impress, attracting interest from top clubs due to their performances. Here are some prospects under the age of 21 that are worth watching over the next month.
Jason Denayer- Belgium
With Belgium captain Vincent Kompany ruled out of the Euros due to injury, Jason Denayer is set to step in and take his place in defence. The 20 year-old is on the books at Manchester City and has spent two title winning seasons out on loan at Celtic and most recently Galatasaray. Denayer is making rapid progress and is known for his physicality and athleticism, two key attributes as a central defender. He has already made seven international caps and could be a solution to the void in defence for club and country.
Emre Mor- Turkey
Turkish football has steadily improved over the years and the national team have a number of top young players in their ranks ready to feature at Euro 2016. The likes Hakan Calhanoglu, Ozan Tufan and Oguzhan Ozyakup are all under the age of 23 but regarded as Turkey’s best players. Now another potential star has been unearthed. Emre Mor is just 18 years-old but the Danish born winger has been selected for international duty at the Euros this summer. Having recently secured a move from FC Nordsjaelland to German giants Borussia Dortmund, Mor’s talents have clearly been spotted and he will bring pace, technical ability and flair to the Turkish flanks in France.
Viktor Kovalenko- Ukraine
Arguably Ukraine’s most promising talent, Viktor Kovalenko plays in his home country for Shakhtar Donetsk and at just 20 years- old has been touted as one of the world’s future midfield stars. He dazzled at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015 winning the golden boot with five goals from attacking midfield and now has the chance to impress at senior level in a major tournament. Despite only making two appearances for the Blue and Yellows, expect Kovalenko to feature regularly in France, alongside another young Ukrainian talent in Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Leroy Sane- Germany
Schalke winger Leroy Sane has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season in the Bundesliga. The 20 year-old is admired for his blistering pace and flair that has helped contribute to nine goals for the Gelsenkirchen outfit this season. Sane has gained a place in the highly competitive Germany squad for Euro 2016 after appearing for his country at youth level and if he can replicate his club form for the World Champions, a big money move could be on the cards. With plenty of interest across Europe including from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City, Schalke could face losing their prize asset after the Euros this summer.
Renato Sanches- Portugal
Bayern Munich have recently signed 18 year-old Renato Sanches from Benfica for £30 million fee that could rise to an astronomical £60m. He is the youngest Portuguese player to go to a major tournament since Cristiano Ronaldo and possesses a rare ability to run with the ball from holding midfield and start attacks. His size and strength are major attributes and confidence plays a key part in how Sanches plays, even at a young age he holds the ability to decide matches and that’s why Bayern moved to sign the Portuguese powerhouse.