Young players to watch during Euro 2016

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Euro 2016 is finally upon us. All the waiting is over and the football is about to start.

With 24 teams competing at this year's championships, it gives players a big platform to show what they can do. There are always players who come out of the blue to capture the imagination of everyone watching and make a name for themselves.

Here are some of the young potential stars who could light up Euro 2016


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Breel Embolo (Switzerland)

Embolo is one of the hottest prospects in European football right now after another impressive season for Basel in his native country.

The strong and pacy forward is a real handful and at 19, he is still a raw talent. Yet, he has shown glimpses of what he could become as he develops in the next few years.

The Sun report that Embolo is the subject of interest from Manchester United, and he can sure that up by playing well on the right for Switzerland. If the Swiss are to have a good tournament, it's vital that he does well. 

Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) 

Milik is one of the best young strikers around at the minute. The Ajax frontman's stock has been on the rise for some time now and this continued after the striker hit 21 goals this year for the Dutch side.

His role for the national team is more the supporting striker who plays just off Poland's talisman Robert Lewandowski, but Milik has been hugely impressive in the qualifiers, netting 6 times in the process.

Lewandowski will no doubt be the main man for Poland. In Milik, though, they have found a smart, clinical finisher who could be the difference as they look to get out of a tough group. 

Dele Alli (England) 

It's been some year for Dele Alli. After completing his first season in England's top flight with Spurs, Alli won best Young Player of the Year.

Having just turned 20 in April, Alli looks set to be a mainstay in the English side for years to come and represents a new fresh crop of players the Three Lions have at their disposal.

The midfielder will be hoping he can continue his club form for England as they go in search of their first ever European Championship win. 

Renato Sanches (Portugal) 

Having only played 24 first team games for Benfica, Sanches secured a 35 million euro deal to Bayern Munich.

He is one of the most highly rated young players in world football. Sanches has an athleticism and physique that is rare for someone of his age and has taken to international football with aplomb.

The powerful midfielder had a brilliant year in Portuguese football and now looks set to start for the national side this summer as they look to go all the way in France.

Leroy Sane (Germany) 

Having made his name last year by scoring a great goal at the Bernabeu, Sane has all the attributes to become a top player.

The Schalke wide player possesses pace, vision, an outstanding dribbling ability and an eye for goal. After a brilliant year, he has forced his way into the German side.

His decision-making can let him down at times but at 20 years of age, Sane has all the ability to light up this tournament and help the Germans win the title.

Ante Coric (Croatia) 

Croatia are one of the dark horses of this year's competition and with exceptional ball-playing midfielders at their disposal, it is easy to see why.

Ante Coric is the next in a long line of talent coming through Dinamo Zagreb. Coric has been getting huge praise back home and this hasn't gone unnoticed, with many top European clubs scouting him.

Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic says that Coric is 'a better player than Modric and Kovacic were at his age'. Coric might not get loads of game time in France due to the strength of the Croatian midfield, but he is definitely one to watch out for if he does get on. 

Emre Mor (Turkey)

Emre Mor is the latest young player to sign for Borussia Dortmund, joining for £5 million from Danish side Nordsjaelland.

Mor normally operates as a right-sided winger or can play just off the striker. The Turkish youngster possesses a confidence on the ball that is unusual of a player his age.

He is still raw and developing but Turkey's coach Fatih Terim has shown an incredible amount of confidence in the youngster by choosing him. The future is bright for Mor and if given the opportunity, he could make a big name for himself this summer.

Which other young players will impress at Euro 2016? Have your say in the comments. 

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