GK: Anthony Lopes (POR) – Anthony Lopes currently plays for Lyon in Ligue 1 in France and was certainly one of the best if not the best goalkeepers in Ligue 1 this season. As of right now he’s the backup keeper for Portugal’s Rui Patricio but with Patricio getting up in age, Lopes might get his chance to shine in familiar territory.
LB: Raphaël Guerreiro (POR) – Portugal has always been a haven for top talent and it continues with Raphaël Guerreiro. This season he also played his club football in Ligue 1 at FC Lorient, but at the time of writing looks to be heading to Borussia Dortmund while at EURO 2016. The 22 year defender can also play in the midfield and be used for set pieces, which will give new manager Thomas Tuchel some options when including him in the matchday squad. Guerreiro recently scored from a free kick in the lead up to EURO 2016 in a friendly against Norway. Will be interesting to see how he kicks on before the reported big move.
CB: Victor Lindelöf (SWE) – Young Swedish center back is being touted as a future World XI talent in some circles and after only seeing action 15 times with Benfica, top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona are keeping tabs on him and looking to acquire the 21 year old. Lindelöf has also found himself breaking into an experienced Sweden squad, making his debut March 24th 2016 in a 2-1 loss against Turkey. Look for him to get a few more starts at EURO 2016 and if he continues to shine we might see Benfica cash out big again as the club is known to do.
RB: Jason Denayer (BEL) – Jason Denayer is a serious prospect. He’s a Manchester City product who impressed tremendously at Celtic where he won PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year, included in PFA Scotland’s Team of the year and was Celtic’s young player of the year in 2014-2015 on his way to leading them to a League and Cup double. This season Jason was loaned out to Galatasaray in Turkey where he also had an impressive campaign helping the team win the Türkiye Kupasi whether it was playing at right back or his more natural center back position. He figures to be a key figure in Belgium’s “golden generation” with manager Marc Wilmots labeling him a ‘natural successor to Vincent Kompany. He just might feature heavily in Euro 2016 with his versatility and earn him a spot in new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s plans.
MF: Renato Sanches (POR) – Renato is probably the top gem of this crop of talent that will be on display during EURO 2016. He took Liga NOS in Portugal by storm with his club SL Benfica at the tinder age of 18, being such a key member in their midfield leading them to a League & Taca de Liga double. His demeanor and his skill level you would look at him and can’t believe he’s this advanced for his age. He also had a huge stand out performance against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Bayern were so impressed with Sanches they signed him from Benfica in a deal totaling €80million, making him the most expensive player to ever leave the Portuguese league. Portuguese manager Fernando Santos will certainly introduce Renato Sanches to the world during EURO 2016.
MF: Ante Coric (COR) – Not too much is known about the 19 year old midfielder but he’s been able to breakthrough Dinamo Zagreb’s first team and land a spot in Croatia’s National team. He’s highly touted as Croatia’s brightest prospect and is being closely watched by fellow countrymen Slaven Bilic. It’s been reported that West Ham have sent a bid in around £10Million to try and pair him up with Dimitri Payet. Other clubs after his signature are Liverpool, Manchester City, Benfica and Inter Milan.