Each European Championship offers young players a chance to perform on the international stage. Even more this time.
The coronavirus pandemic means that three years have passed since the World Cup, so more and more players are making their debuts in their big tournaments. UEFA has expanded its lineup from 23 players to 26, which may encourage coaches to take risks with less experienced players.
Here’s a look at some young players who can make their big debuts in Euro 2020:
When Manchester City faced Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, all eyes were on Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. But it was Foden who decided the outcome of the midfield with a goal in each leg, as City won 4: 2 in total. Foden, 21, was born a few miles from City’s home stadium and came through fierce competition in the club’s youth system to claim his place on the first team. He played almost every game of the season in the City title to the Premier League title. Foden was too young to play in the 2018 World Cup, but made his debut in England last year and immediately looked comfortable.
A hat-trick in the Spanish tournament with 6: 0 against Germany last year emphasized how much 21-year-old Torres means for the new look of Spain. He is already a regular international and has proven his worth to Manchester City this year with four goals in the group stage of the Champions League. The record-breaking 18-year-old Ansu Fati has sometimes beaten Torres in the Spanish team, but a serious knee injury in November means Fati will not return in time for Euro 2020.
The Atletico Madrid striker sometimes seems to be overwhelmed by expectations after moving from Benfica for 126 million euros ($ 153 million) in 2019. Injuries and coronavirus infection have disrupted his rhythm this season, but Joao Felix can be devastating when he in shape . He looks at home to Portugal since he was trusted to make his debut in the semi-final match of the League of Nations in 2019. However, he may be a little Euro 2020 player with coach Fernando Santos, who prefers the previous three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva.
The Milan goalkeeper is still only 22, but has been part of the Italian team for almost five years. Donnarumma is the ultimate goalkeeping marvel of the last decade and the Italian successor to the great Gianluigi Buffon. Donnarumma made his Serie A debut for AC Milan on 16 in 2015 and immediately repelled his more experienced team-mates to make the club’s first goal pick. Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup means that Donnarumma will make its debut in the big tournament of Euro 2020.
Chelsea made a splash by signing 21-year-old Havertz for £ 70 million ($ 99 million) from Bayer Leverkusen last year. It took him a while to adjust to life in the Premier League, but he looks more at home as German coach Thomas Tuchel took over Chelsea. Joachim Loew can choose more young talents for his last tournament as coach of Germany. Bayern Munich striker Jamal Musiala made his debut in March after choosing Germany over England, and 17-year-old Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz is on the team’s side.
MATTHIJS DE LIGT
The Netherlands has developed a whole new generation of players since their last participation in the 2014 World Cup. De Ligt appeared with international teammates Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek and Ryan Gravenberch in the Ajax team, which reached the semifinals of the 2019 Champions League. joined Juventus, de Ligt consolidated his position as one of the world’s leading defenders. At the age of 21, he has already played more than 20 times for his country.