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Nothing in football beats the excitement a major international tournament football can bring. Three games a day and the whole country putting club rivalries aside, at least for a little while.
It’s also a great time to unearth hidden gems from leagues across the globe that otherwise slip under the radar.
We’ve picked out seven up-and-coming talents, already being touted as the next big thing to keep an eye on during Euro 2020.
20-year-old Kai Havertz has been a revelation with Leverkusen over the last year. The attacking midfielder’s composure is years ahead of his age and it’s no surprise that the biggest clubs in the world are reportedly interested in prying him away from Bayer.
WIth Ozil stepping away from international duty, it seems things are set up perfectly for Havertz to step into that playmaker role for years to come.
Spain still feel like a team living in the shadow of that golden generation, failing to get anywhere close to the wild highs Xavi, Iniesta and co achieved.
That means any young player breaking into the squad carries a huge weight on their shoulders, especially in that central midfield position. So far tough, Ruiz looks more than up to that challenge.
Since his move to Napoli, the 23-year-old playmaker has surpassed all expectations, earning a glowing reputation as an incredibly well-rounded midfielder.
It genuinely feels like Netherlands are on the cusp of a bright new era after a tough few decades - Donny van de Beek could very well be central to that alongside Frenkie de Jong.
Another prodigy fresh out of the Ajax youth system, his creativity and understanding of space, combined with a strong physical presence have made van de Beek a vital figure for both club and country.
Inter Milan have been left kicking themselves after letting Zaniolo go for a cut-price to rivals Roma, a decision spurred by FFP regulations.
Since the move, the midfielder has gone on to build quite the highlight reel, breaking into the national team during Italy’s perfect qualifying campaign.
While Zaniolo is unlikely to break into a strong starting midfield, it’s likely Mancini could turn to the 20-year-old when the Italians need a creative spark, with the coach being vocal in his admiration.
It is touch-and-go right now whether Zaniolo will recover from a cruciate ligament injury, so we'll put a pin in this one for now.
While a lot of the credit for Portugal’s success in Euro 2016 deservedly goes to Ronaldo, their stubborness at the back was just as big a feature.
Dias took the baton from José Fonte to partner Pepe at the World Cup and the 22-year-old looks set to be a fixture in that defence for the foreseeable future.
Playing a vital part in Benfica’s league-winning campaign last year, Dias has been linked with both Manchester clubs. A strong showing at the Euros and it’s surely only a matter of time before that big money move.
A year ago Piątek took Serie A by storm, scoring 13 goals in 19 appearances for Genoa, earning him a move to AC Milan.
Things didn't go according to plan though and Piątek has found himself at Hertha BSC, where he'll be looking to regain that form that made him one of the most talked-about strikers in Europe.
In an ageing Poland team, the nation will be looking towards a new generation and the attacker will hope to be at the forefront of that.
Barella should slot delightfully alongside Verratti and Jorginho in Italy’s impressive-looking midfield three.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has compared Nicolò to Steven Gerrard thanks to his box-to-box intensity and his performances have earned praise from Italian footballing royalty, Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero.
Off the back of Italy’s perfect qualifying campaign, there’s a revitalised sense of hope surrounding the national team following their absence at the World Cup.
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