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Euro 2016: 14 Stunning Young Talents Who Will Set the Tournament Alight

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The Euros are well underway and a fair few unfamiliar faces will have wowed you already but these are the kids who are set to do the business!

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sané (Schalke, Germany)  

Highly-rated Schalke winger Sané is the son of former Senegalese international, Souleymane Sané.  If reports are to be believed, the 20-year-old could be lining-up for Manchester City in the Premier League next season.  


Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich, Portugal)

It’s a sign of how far 18-year-old midfielder Sanchez has come in a short space of time that, having only broken into the Benfica first-team in November, he has already secured a big-money move to Bayern Munich for €35 million in a deal that could rise to €80 million.  He has already been red-carded three times in his career to date.

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Breel Embolo

Breel Embolo (Basel, Switzerland)

The 19-year-old Cameroon-born striker looks like the long-term solution to Switzerland’s need for a reliable goalscorer. Already the subject of a failed big-money bid from Wolfsburg, it’s only a matter of time before Embolo is playing his club football at a higher level.


Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, England)

The 18-year-old burst on the scene late in the season, scoring twice on his club debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League.  He followed that up with a double against Arsenal in the Premier League a few days later and became a fixture in the Red Devils’ starting XI thereafter.  Became the youngest ever England player to score on his international debut after just three-minutes of the friendly game against Australia.



Aleksander Golovin (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

In an otherwise ageing squad, the 20-year-old Siberian-born CSKA Moscow midfielder is one for the future.  Golovin scored on his international debut within minutes of coming off the bench in a friendly against Belarus.

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti (Lyon, France)

Versatile Cameroon-born defender equally at home at left-back or in the centre, who is in the French squad as a replacement for the injured Jérémy Mathieu.  Reportedly a summer transfer target for Barcelona.




Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax, Poland)

Milik was the Polish match-winner in their opening Euro 2016 group game against Northern Ireland.   The 22-year-old striker is already well-travelled, having played club football in Poland, Germany and Holland.  Milik finished with 21 goals in the Eredivisie last season.

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Kingsley Coman

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich, France)

Only turned 20 in the opening week of Euro 2016, but winger Coman has already played first-team football for Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich and won eight club trophies in the process.  Currently on a two-year loan with Bayern, who have the option to make the deal permanent.

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Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia, Poland)

The 19-year-old Cracovia midfielder was impressive in Poland’s opening Euro 2016 group game against Northern Ireland.   Involved in a brawl at a Krakow nightclub last year, after which he phoned national team coach Adam Nawalka seeking forgiveness.



Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Bayer Leverkusen, Turkey)

The 22-year-old German-born attacking midfielder is already a renowned dead-ball specialist.  Çalhanoğlu has spent his entire club career in Germany and became the first Turk to score against England in 11 matches in last month’s 2-1 friendly defeat at the City Of Manchester Stadium.


Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke, Austria)

Originally on the books of Bayern Munich, Schöpf joined Schalke for €6m from second-tier FC Nürnberg in January and quickly became part of the first-team set-up.   Schöpf made his Austrian international debut in March and a possible option from the bench for Marcel Koller at Euro 2016.


Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest, Romania)

In a fairly ordinary Romanian squad, 23-year-old playmaker Stanciu is the one bright hope.  On the back of an impressive season with Steaua Bucharest, he is expected to move to a more high-profile league after Euro 2016 with his club apparently seeking a €10 million transfer fee.

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Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur, England)

Only made his Tottenham Hotspur debut at the start of last season, but now set to be a fixture in the England team for years to come.  Equally at home as a Number 10 or in a midfield three, Alli was voted PFA Young Player of the Year after some superb displays last season.

Emre Mor

Emre Mor (Borussia Dortmund, Turkey)

Young Turk has recently completed a move to Borussia Dortmund and is very much the ‘next big thing’. The 18-year-old has impressed with Danish side FC Nordsjælland and the pint-sized winger has a very bright future.

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