5️⃣ young players ready to impress at Euro 2020

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Phil Costa

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It’s finally arrived! Euro 2020 is just around the corner and all your favourite players will be there.

But what about those young players slipping under the radar, chomping at the bit to impress?

Here are five talented kids to keep your eye on during the tournament …

Alessandro Bastoni

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  1. Age: 22
  2. Nation: Italy

Italy are famed for producing strong, blood and thunder defenders who have dominated domestically for years – but there’s a new kid on the block.

Alessandro Bastoni was crucial for Inter in their impressive title win, and looks perfect for the left centre back role with his speed and distribution.

Nuno Mendes

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  1. Age: 18
  2. Nation: Portugal

If you like frantic, flying full backs then you will love Nuno Mendes. He enjoyed a breakthrough season for Sporting as they won Liga NOS for the first time in 20 years.

Portugal are well equipped in those areas with João Cancelo and Raphael Guerreiro, but the teenager could be a great option with his energy and crossing ability.

Ryan Gravenberch

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  1. Age: 19
  2. Nation: Netherlands

This will be a name known to Football Manager players but unlike most wonderkids on the game – Ryan Gravenberch is actually good in real life.

He performed well for Ajax, providing power, dancing feet and elite athleticism from midfield, and De Oranje would be wise to maximise his ability.

Phil Foden

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  1. Age: 21
  2. Nation: England

We’re literally the ‘heart eyes’ emoji every time we watch Phil Foden play football – and we’re expecting him to shine for England this summer.

He can play as a number eight, ten or out wide and has technique that wouldn’t look out of place for 2011 Barcelona. Now he’s adding goals? It’s game over.

Adam Hložek

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  1. Age: 18
  2. Nation: Czech Republic

We love it when strikers finish with conviction and Adam Hložek did exactly that this season – scoring 17 goals for Sparta Prague in his first full season.

Playing out wide or through the middle, the teenager is quick, strong and can finish well on both feet. With a build like Cristiano Ronaldo, what’s not to like?