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Euro 2016 quarter-finals: three players to shine

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Now that England have been dispensed with, Euro 2016 is all about football royalty.

Apart from Spain, most of the favourites are still there and Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, and France will all look to progress to the semi-finals. 

First, there are some huge games in the quarter-finals and all those countries will be hoping that their key men live up to their reputation.

In partnership with fantasy football product DraftKings, we look at three players who are set to stand out in the last eight.

Renato Sanches (Portugal)

Manchester United must already realise they missed out on a massive talent when Renato Sanches joined Bayern Munich despite having been scouted by the Red Devils on 40 occasions.

Now, Sanches has the opportunity to shine on the international stage. Portugal's opposition, Poland, aren't the quickest, so that will give the starlet the opportunity to make some explosive runs down the wing.


The teenager isn't primarily a goalscorer, but he did score twice for Benfica last season, so there's a possibility he might pick up +10 fantasy points by finding the back of the net.

Sanches is a typical tricky young midfielder but while he will be eager to showcase some of his skills, he also needs to make sure he's as effective as Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in Portugal's attack.

Click here to select Renato Sanches. 

Toni Kroos (Germany)

Just like with Sanches, United fans will be watching on thinking what might have been when Toni Kroos features for Germany against Italy.

David Moyes revealed this week that he wanted to sign Kroos when he was in charge at Old Trafford; since then, the Real Madrid man has added World Cup and Champions League winners' medals to his cabinet.

Kroos's first touch and ball control are superb and they have helped him to create 13 openings across Germany's four games, with one of them earning him +6 points as an assist.

Joachim Low's side will face a tactically astute Italy team, so it will be important for Kroos to stay measured and ensure Gli Azzurri don't hit Germany on the break. Tackles won are worth +1 points, so as much as Kroos likes to get forward, it will be vital that he's there in the centre of the pitch to win possession.

Click here to select Toni Kroos. 

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

Belgium will be huge favourites against Wales, but as everyone knows, Chris Coleman's side have a not-so-secret weapon in the form of Gareth Bale's free-kicks. 

Joe Hart has already given a masterclass in how not to deal with them, but now it's down to Thibaut Courtois to keep Bale out. The Chelsea stopper is an excellent choice for DraftKings' fantasy football line-ups because he's likely to be on the winning side and that alone is worth +5 points.

If Courtois can keep Wales out altogether, that will earn him another +5 points, while saves are worth +2.

Belgium's attack has been grabbing all the attention but in the Wales game, it could actually be Courtois who keeps them in the competition.

Click here to select Thibaut Courtois. 

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