Stars Who Will Look

Marcus Rashford; It would be wrong not to start with an Englishman. And Marcus Rashford, more than most, will be hugely pleased to see the competition delayed another season. And with England boasting a young, vibrant, exhilarating offensive group, of which Rashford is a crucial part, the United man could be in line for a statement tournament.

Kai Havertz; He has also attracted comparisons to the man he will replace for Germany, Mesut Ozil. “He is special,” Owen Hargreaves told Goal . “He is like a hybrid of Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil. That says a lot in terms of his goals and elegance.”

Benjamin Pavard; It is difficult for a right-back to gain too much traction in international tournaments, but after breaking into the starting 11 during France’s run to the World Cup in 2018, Benjamin Pavard is beginning to make a name for himself.

Frenkie de Jong; One of the key cogs to the machine was Frenkie de Jong, a beautiful central midfielder with touch, guise, balance, strength, athleticism, superb skill, technique and vision. He was sublime, and, in typical fashion, Barcelona snapped him up as their heir-apparent to Sergio Busquets, another aesthetically marvellous holding midfielder.

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Serge Gnabry; Ever since he left Arsenal, Serge Gnabry has been heading in one direction – up. The German has starred for Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and now Bayern Munich. Including this current campaign. Still only 25, he has been even more impressive for Germany. He made his debut in September 2016, scoring a hat-trick against San Marino. He became the first player to score a hat-trick on their German debut since Dieter Muller in 1976.

Dayot Upamecano; he is beginning to reach his potential under Julian Nagelsmann, and although he is yet to make a senior appearance for France, that time will surely be soon. And once it is here, there will be no stopping one of the hottest young defenders on the market.

Jadon Sancho; Sancho is performing at a truly elite level. He is as productive as Messi, as creative as De Bruyne and Muller, and is the key offensive weapon in a brilliant Dortmund team that still boasts Julian Brandt, Marco Reus and the aforementioned Haaland.

Eden Hazard; Where he, and his Belgian teammates, have underwhelmed is on the biggest international stage. Across two World Cups and one Euros, Hazard has scored just four goals in 16 games. Belgium have come close, including finishing third in the 2018 World Cup, but just as Lionel Messi’s reputation has suffered as a result of Argentina not winning an international title, so might Hazard’s.

Stars Who Will Look

Timo Werner; On the international stage, Werner has shown flashes of his goal scoring potential. His 11 goals in 29 appearances prove he can be the quintessential prolific German centre-forward, but he is yet to deliver in a major tournament. Nevertheless, with Gnabry and Havertz supplying him, not only is the future of German football bright; Werner’s goal scoring exploits will surely only continue to explode.