Potential UK stand out players at Euro 2016

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With three-quarters of the United Kingdom taking part at this summer's European Championships, it is a rare moment of optimism for British international football.

Wales and England are both in Group B, and will play each other, alongside Slovakia and Russia in a somewhat easy group. Northern Ireland, however, face a stern test against World Cup winners Germany, and also Poland and Ukraine.

Northern Ireland, however, face a stern test against World Cup winners Germany, and also Poland and Ukraine.


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Although the trio all have their star names, they could also have some unheralded gems that could shine brightly in France.

Here we look at some underrated players who could potentially shine for their country in France.


Joe Ledley (Midfielder, Crystal Palace)

Ledley has had a decent career, playing for a number of teams including Cardiff City, Celtic and now Crystal Palace.

His energetic tackling and incisive passing could be the catalyst to some successful attacks from the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

He isn't likely to score, but he is almost certain to put in a confident and assured display every game.

Neil Taylor (Defender, Swansea)

After a period out of the Swansea City side under Michael Laudrup, left-back Neil Taylor is now the established first choice once again for both club and country.

His tireless runs down the flank and pinpoint crossing make him a useful tool in Wales' armour.


Danny Rose (Defender, Tottenham Hotspur)

Rose has enjoyed somewhat of a revival this season after being blighted by injuries over the past few years.

His tally of seven Premier League assists this season shows his willingness to bomb forward and assist attacks. He could be a key player in England's gameplan next month.

Eric Dier (Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur)

Rose's teammate Eric Dier has also had a phenomenal season. 

Switching into a holding midfield role, he has adapted with consummate ease and has been vital to Spurs' great form this campaign.

Expect him to be successful if he is played in a similar role for the national team.

Adam Lallana (Midfielder, Liverpool)

On his day, Lallana can be a real handful for teams to play against, but he lacks consistency.

He is likely to be used as an impact sub, but if he is given a chance from the start, then he may very well grab it with both hands.

Lallana has been one of several Liverpool stars to improve drastically following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, and that form could be taken with him to Euro 2016.

Northern Ireland

Steve Davis (Midfielder, Southampton)

Davis is almost a guaranteed starter at Southampton and regularly contributes with goals and assists.

Northern Ireland have a difficult task ahead of them, but he could be the midfield lynchpin to help them pull off a shock or two.

Jonny Evans (Defender, West Bromwich Albion)

Evans has enjoyed an upturn in form since joining West Brom.

He is now a starter week in week out and the leader of a decent Baggies defence. Fearless, gutsy and selfless, he will do everything possible to prevent NI's opponents from breaching their goal.

He could very well get a result of two for his country this summer.

Are there any other underrated British players that could do well at Euro 2016? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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