Never mind established stars like Ronaldo, Fabregas, Ozil and Hazard - keep an eye out for this batch of talented European Championship newcomers
Dele Alli, England
A breakthrough season saw the Spurs man move from League One to within touching distance of a Premier League winner’s medal. Despite missing out, the attacking midfielder did scoop the league’s Young Player of the Year award and is pushing for a place in a youthful starting XI for England.
Michy Batshuayi, Belgium
A golden generation of Belgian football has many stars. Should youngster Batshuayi manage to batter his way into a playing position in a talented squad expect a bidding war across Europe for his services. West Ham has already had a $42m bid rejected for the striker.
Kingsley Coman, France
Still only 19 years old but already a league winner with PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich, the future looks bright for the tricky winger. An ability and willingness to play anywhere across the attack and an exciting style of play will enthral fans if he is given a chance by cautious manager Deschamps.
Emre Can. Germany
Liverpool’s young player of the season has emerged as a commanding performer for club and country with solid, powerful defensive performances leading to comparisons with compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger. Excellent form and recovery from injury could lead to a steadying midfield role in a team which could easily go the distance.
Lorenzo Insigne, Italy
Dubbed the “Italian Messi” thanks to his attacking wing play and propensity to run at and beat opponents, the Napoli forward is no newcomer to the game. Despite four years as a Serie A regular he has just eight caps to his name. An excellent season should see Chelsea-bound manager Antonio Conte start him on the left.
Alvaro Morata, Spain
There will be many familiar faces in an experienced squad looking for a hat-trick of European Championship wins. Serie A and Champions League experience should be enough to see the Juventus forward leading the line where his excellent link-up play, quick feet and positional sense will attract suitors ahead of an expected transfer.
Renato Sanches, Portugal
Before a single ball was kicked in the tournament Bayern Munich felt compelled to shell out $40m on the attacking 18-year old. The fee could move up to $90m depending on individual and club honours. Not at all bad for a player with just 24 top flight appearances and two league goals to his name.
Hakan Calhangolu, Turkey
German-born and a Bundesliga regular for Bayer Leverkusen the free kick specialist has been playing for Turkey since 2013. Just 22 years old, his name is one of the first on the Turkish team sheet and his creative vision has led to comparisons with German playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Mateo Kovacic, Croatia
Only 22 years old but already logging more than 200 games for Dinamo Zagreb, Inter Milan and now Real Madrid points to the quality of the central midfielder. A gifted technician and midfield dribbler compared to Kaka, Clarence Seedorf and his compatriot Zvonimir Boban, his influence is essential if Croatia are to progress in the tourmament.
Breel Embolo, Switzerland
Nineteen years old and already the owner of three league winners’ medals, albeit with Basel in Swiss football, the powerful Cameroon-born striker may consider the tournament a shop window for his talents. Strong, dynamic and with plenty of pace, there will be no shortage of suitors should he power Switzerland out of a winnable group.