New England manager Roy Hodgson will announce his England squad for Euro 2012 on Wednesday at 1pm.
There is much anticipation over whom the former West Brom manager will take to the competition, but who else is going and who should we watch out for?
Poland and Ukraine looks set to host one of the most exciting championships yet as so many of those travelling have been in fantastic form throughout the season.
GMF has had a look at who is likely to be there and picked the players they think will make a surprise impact at the tournament next month.
Alan Dzagoev, CSKA Moscow, Russia
The young midfielder has been exciting many with some impressive displays for the Moscow side. Likes getting forward in an attacking midfield role but also able to play out wide, Dzagoev is quick and skilful with a great eye for a pass. He has featured heavily for Russia this year, scoring four goals in eight appearances, and could well take many by surprise.
Marco Reus, Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany
Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have secured the 22-year-old’s services for next year and his combination with highly rated Mario Gotze is being looked forward to. In a squad that has many big names of the European game, Reus’ relatively low profile outside of Germany means his combination of pace, timing and clinical finishing could take some unawares.
Ivan Perisic, Borussia Dortmund, Croatia
He has had a good season being part of the double-winning Dortmund side, though is used mostly as a substitute. Despite this he scored seven league goals and a stunning equaliser against Arsenal in the Champions League group stages. An athletic attacking midfielder, the 23-year-old has an eye for goal and times his runs into the box well. A dead-ball specialist, Perisic has a penchant for spectacular goals.
Yann M’Vila, Stade Rennes, France
Maybe not a surprise as such due to him being strongly linked with a move to the Premier League and Arsenal, but England must be wary of seeing him in the flesh after France’s friendly win at Wembley in 2010. The 21-year-old had a troublesome time earlier in the year, but has since begun to recover his form and will be key in Laurent Blanc’s midfield. Protecting the defence with great athleticism, M’Vila also possesses a good passing brain and keeps the ball well.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine
A man for England to worry about in the final group game, Yarmolenko can play out wide or through the middle as a central striker and has a mean left foot. He has been dubbed ‘new Sheva’ by some journalists in his homeland, after former Chelsea striker and Dynamo legend Andriy Shevchenko. The 22-year-old can beat defenders, crosses well and scores goals. A serious threat to England’s qualification hopes.
These are only five of many players who could make an unexpected impact on the tournament and we want to know who you think will be the star of Euro 2012.
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