Euro 2016: Renato Sanches, Anthony Martial Among Youngsters To Watch Out For

Updated: 09 June 2016 00:02 IST

The Euro 2016 will showcase the best of the young talents from around Europe. The stage is set for the likes of Anthony Martial and Renato Sanches to etch their names into football folklore

Euro 2016: Renato Sanches, Anthony Martial Among Youngsters To Watch Out For
Renato Sanches' link-up play with Cristiano Ronaldo will hold the key to Portugal's progress in the tournament. © AFP

The Euro 2016 is just round the corner and youngsters from all teams will be looking to make a big impression in France this summer. Tournaments of this stature have often proved to be breakthrough events for young talents, who are desperate to make a name for themselves.

Here is a look some of the young starlets, who could prove to be the game-changers for their team in Europe's international showpiece event:

1. Marcus Rashford (18 Yrs, Forward) (England):

The 18-year old Marcus Rashford enjoyed a phenomenal four months for the Manchester United, as he scored eight goals in 18 matches and got selected in England's squad for this year's event in France. After scoring twice in his debut for the Red Devils, he also became the youngest player to score on his England debut against Australia in May.

There are some people who think that Rashford should learn his trade with the U-21s first before playing in these big tournaments but who knows, he could well be the man to take England back to the glory days in the international stage.

2. Renato Sanches (18 Yrs, Midfielder) (Portugal): He is the youngest player to feature in Portugal's squad in any tournament since Cristiano Ronaldo's selection for the Euro 2004. Sanches came to the notice of big European giants through his performances for Benfica. He was finally snapped up by Bayern Munich and showed his flair in Portugal's recent friendly match against England.

A versatile player, Sanches can be used as a speedy winger as well as a robust midfielder. His link-up play with Cristiano Ronaldo will hold the key to Portugal's progress in the tournament.


3. Leroy Sane (20 Yrs, Winger) (Germany): After scoring eight goals and six assists in 33 matches for German club Schalke, the 20-year old Sane impressed one and all and that led to selection in the Germany's team for the Euro 2016. He is fast, his ball control is excellent and he could be the breakout star at this year's event.

Sane will have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller to get attacking support in the team.

4. Anthony Martial (20 Yrs, Forward/Winger) (France): The 20-year old came to prominence after he scored a goal against Liverpool on his debut for Manchester United. Being called the next 'Henry', Martial will hope to perform well and help his team win the title for the third time.

With France's opening match against Romania, Martial will hope to be in the starting XI but will face stiff competition from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet.

5. Dele Alli (20 Yrs, Midfielder) (England): In his breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur, Alli scored 10 goals and nine assists and England would expect the same from him in his first international tournament. Alli, who was playing for MK Dons last year, was hardly known when he first signed for Tottenham. However, he quickly rose up the ranks and will be one of the key players for England in this year's tournament.


6. Kingsley Coman (19 Yrs, Midfielder) (France): If there were any doubts to the talent that Kingsley Coman possesses, they were all quickly washed away thanks to his performance for German giants Bayern Munich. Coman ended Bayern's season with 11 assists and six goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined. Turning 20 on June 13th, the French youngster has already won four league titles in three different countries and five other domestic trophies. 

He scored his first international goal in March against Russia, rendering him undroppable from Didier Deschamps' squad. Coman is unlikely to start his side's first game. Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet and Moussa Sissoko all have eyes on France's wide forward positions, with only Griezmann a certainty to start. 


7. Breel Embolo (19 Yrs, Forward) (Switzerland): Next month could be the making of Swiss football's brightest young star. Speed, agility and power are three traits that any footballer would want and the young Swiss starlet has all three to boast. Embolo turned only 19 in February but has already scored 29 club goals in the last two seasons. He might not be a guaranteed starter for Switzerland but will surely be used as an impact substitute. 

The teenager will have the likes of Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovic (strikers), Valon Behrami and Xherdan Shaqiri (wingers) to get ample attacking support in the team. There is no doubt that manager Vladimir Petkovic will see Embolo as his game-changer. 

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Topics : England Portugal France Switzerland Football Euro 2016
Highlights
  • Sane will be an influential player for Germany in Euro 2016.
  • Sanches' versatility will come in handy for Portugal.
  • Rashford could well be the man to take England back to their glory days.
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