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Euro 2016: 5 Premier League players who have impressed

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The continent will continue to be gripped by Euro fever for the next few weeks, but with the fixtures now out for next season, Premier League fans are already viewing the tournament through the lenses of their clubs.

The good news is that English football has been well represented, if not by the national team, then by the top flight's most talented players performing well for their countries.


Teaming up with fantasy football product DraftKings, we look at five Premier League stars who have lit up the Euros in the early stages and can go on to make the difference in the last-16.

Dimitri Payet (France)

West Ham fans must be smiling through gritted teeth as their superstar continues to draw attention to himself. Plenty of big clubs will surely be in for Dimitri Payet this summer - and he will have done his opportunity of a big money move no harm with two goals and one assist so far.

The midfielder's goals in the 89th and 96th minute against Romania and Albania earned him +10 fantasy points a time, so if it's goals you're looking for, he's a great option for your DraftKings' fantasy football line-up.

The 29-year-old also came close to scoring the Goal of the Tournament against Switzerland with a volley that crashed off the underside of the bar.

France will face a delirious Republic of Ireland side in the last-16 and it could be up to Payet to burst their bubble. Martin O'Neill's side still have a somewhat shaky defence and Payet's pace might well be too much for them.

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Wayne Rooney (England)

Wayne Rooney's role is always the subject of debate between England fans, but he has impressed in his new midfield position.

The Three Lions captain will be key against Iceland as his team should have plenty of the ball. Although Rooney has been playing fairly central, he has been putting lots of crosses into the box, each worth +0.75 points.

And while he isn't charged with scoring the goals this time around, his natural tendencies still give rise to quite a few shots, which earn +2 points if they're on target, +1 if they're not.

At 30-years-old, this could be one of Rooney's last chances to make an impact at a major tournament, and so far, he's been doing just that.

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Joe Allen (Wales)

Joe Allen is looking more messianic by the day with his flowing locks and rampant beard, but can he be Wales' saviour against Northern Ireland?

The Liverpool midfielder is in familiar territory with Wales, never quite earning the spotlight, but pulling many of the strings all the same. In the Dragons' opening game against Slovakia, Allen was instrumental in the win.

He may have only created 12 chances last season, but that's because he was only given an opportunity to really prove himself towards the end of the campaign.

The Welshman does not stop running, so Northern Ireland should be in for a torrid time. Allen should pick up plenty of +1 points for tackles won, as he isn't afraid to get stuck in.

With the added motivation of a spot in the quarter-finals, it will be interesting to see if he can put in a performance to finally earn the credit he deserves.

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Kyle Walker (England)

Kyle Walker is expected to return to the England line-up for the Iceland game, which is a good job as he has arguably been their best player so far. Nathaniel Clyne was an impressive replacement, but the Spurs right-back now needs to send out a reminder of why he's first choice.

Walker is the perfect pick for DraftKings because, despite being a defender, he's also a natural when roaming forward.

At the back, he's got focus, picking up +0.5 points for every pass intercepted. Down the wing, he's pacy, so Iceland will struggle to contain him. Fouls drawn are worth +1 so Walker should notch up plenty of those too.

The only downside to picking Walker is that yellow cards now carry a penalty of -1.5 points and his discipline still needs work.

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Graziano Pelle (Italy)

Graziano Pelle scored Italy's second goal in the recent 2-0 win over Belgium, a just reward for a decent season with Southampton and an equally solid start to the Euros.

The Italy forward is primarily a goalscorer, but his overall game is good too, providing six assists for the Saints last season, notching up +6 points a time.

Italy play Spain in the last-16 and as it will be a toughly-contested tie, gli Azzurri may resort to utilising Pelle in the air where he is fairly strong.

They don't typically score many goals, but as Croatia demonstrated, Spain can be broken down, so Pelle can definitely get on the scoresheet and grab +10 points in the process.

Click here - to select Graziano Pelle. 

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