With the Euros being pushed back by a year, the anticipation towards the tournament has gotten bigger and better. With supporters back in stadiums and a grand tournament like this being hosted across 15 different countries, football seems to be returning to normalcy.
There are plenty of young and exciting prospects who will feature for their countries in a major tournament for the first time like Kai Havertz, Phil Foden and others. At the same time, seasoned professionals like Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini will also be looking to end their international careers on a high.
Here we have shortlisted five players who could light up Euro 2020.
KYLIAN MBAPPE (France)
Kylian Mbappe was already a household name in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but three years on, he’s now a bonafide superstar. His goalscoring record has become much superior and he has become a more reliable decision-maker. Mbappe has already achieved more by the age of 22 than many footballers do in their whole careers but the PSG forward is hungry for more and what bigger a stage than the European Championship to show his class yet again. .
KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Belgium)
Team Belgium are finally packing punches to go for silverware this summer. They’d be heavily relying on their playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne. He is arguably the most complete footballer of the tournament, boasting both technical and physical gifts in abundance. De Bruyne is full of craft and creativity but also scores a fair amount of goals himself. He is a complete package and one who would surely dominate the tournament this time around.
CRISTIANO RONALDO (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been a dominant on-field presence for both club and country for years now but we may be seeing the last of Ronaldo at the world stage. His team are the defending champions coming into this tournament, and this time boasts of a lineup filled with superstars, though none bigger than Cristiano himself. CR7 would know that this may be his last major tournament with Portugal and an opportunity to bow out with pride would be foremost on his mind.
HARRY KANE (England)
At the end of the season, Harry Kane made his desire to leave his boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur quite public. There haven’t been any movements with that respect but Euro 2020 comes at the perfect time for the England captain as he has a free hit in the competition to show the world that he is the best striker in the game. He already has three years pending on his contract with Spurs and at the same time if he has an amazing tournament, then the interests from other clubs would increase for the striker and many sporting directors would be forced to pay the hefty amount required to get the services of Kane.
KAI HAVERTZ (Germany)
The boy who won Chelsea its second-ever UEFA Champions League title will be hoping to bring smiles to his ardent German fans as well this summer. Kai Havertz had a difficult time in his first season in England after his big-money move from the Bundesliga but that winning goal in the Champions League final would do him a world of good. There’s no questioning Havertz’s talent and Joachim Loew would be banking on the attacker to come good in Euro 2020.
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