U21 European Championship XI: The stars to watch

Josh Challies
Josh Challies
Josh Challies
Contributor

There may be no domestic action during the close-season over the course of the next few months but there is plenty of international football to keep us occupied, with a major highlight being the U21 European Championships.

A host of top nations will take to Poland to compete for the honour of being dubbed the best young side in Europe and there is plenty of talent on show, ranging from up-and-coming youngsters to players who have already made a breakthrough at senior level.

There’s plenty of stars to watch out for during the tournament, which makes selecting an XI extremely difficult, but the side we’re left with certainly whets the appetite.

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Many of the players in our selected XI are linked with transfers this summer and will be keen to make an impression that could see them earn regular senior appearances next season, potentially putting them with an outside chance of making their respective nation’s squads for next summer’s World Cup.

Honourable mentions go out to Sweden’s U21 captain Kristoffer Olsson, Paris Saint-Germain youngster Goncalo Guedes and new RB Leipzeig signing Bruma and Spanish starlets Hector Bellerin, Marco Asensio and Inaki Williams.

Germany also boasts an abundance of talent with the likes of Jonathan Tah, Max Meyer, Mahmoud Dahoud and Serge Gnabry – all of whom could have easily made it into our side but narrowly missed out.

There will be huge clashes right from the start at the U21 European Championships as Germany and Italy will clash in the group stages, as will Portugal and Spain.

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