Andy Carroll (ENG)
Anticipated to commence the very first two fixtures after an inspired late run of form for Liverpool towards the end of the season, all eyes will be on the England centre-forward. Despite the fact that only believed to be deputising for Wayne Rooney, he could make a severe case for automatic selection if he delivers victory against cross-channel rivals France.
Gregory Van Der Wiel (NED)
The flying proper full-back is already beginning to forge a reputation among Europe’s elite after a glittering season for employers Ajax. Linked with a host of leading clubs, he could see his worth rise significantly, offering he performs for Holland in June. His game suits the national group, who play with style and panache – anticipate his buccaneering runs to bamboozle defenders and be utilised as a beneficial outlet.
Mario Balotelli (ITL)
Extensively observed as ‘king of mayhem’, he could turn Italy into kings of Europe if he performs to his capacity with an Italian side who have worked tough to adjust their style of play in qualifying to a more eye-catching game with an emphasis on ball retention and attacking with pace, rather than sitting back and defending. If supplied with possibilities, the Italian could take this tournament by storm.
Karim Benzema (FRA)
Has been a continual under Jose Mourinho at Genuine Madrid this season and is playing the very best football toffee of his profession correct now. After his 21 goals helped Los Blancos to their 1st La Liga title given that 2008, he will be keen for much more glory on the national stage. Playing in a France group that is experiencing a period of transition below Laurent Blanc, he is effectively worth keeping an eye on.
Robert Lewandowski (POL)
Reasonably unknown to most football fans, if he brings his club kind onto the national stage, a lot of will remember the name. Has played a critical element in Borussia Dortmund’s season as they stormed to the German Bundesliga title and humiliated Bayern Munich five-two in the cup final. His 30 goals won him player of the season domestically and he could assist the joint hosts cause a considerable upset at the tournament.
Thomas Muller (GER)
Is confirmed on the international tournament mantle immediately after jointly winning the golden boot at the Globe Cup in 2010, though he is usually overlooked by club coach Jupp Heynckes, who prefers compatriot Toni Kroos. He has shown he can score important objectives immediately after notching in the European Cup final for Bayern Munich, and is just as lethal off the ball as on it. He will be an critical aspect if Germany mount a severe challenge.
Nikica Jelavic (CRO)
Everton and Premier League football fans have seen that the Croat doesn’t need to have a second invitation to toffee place the ball in the back of the net. Has notched 11 objectives in 16 appearances since his transfer to the Toffees in January, and is properly equipped to aid Croatia out of a sticky predicament. Like Lewandowski, he could be a surprise package.
Christian Eriksen (DEN)
Another player that has rolled off the world renowned Amsterdam production line, the Ajax Danish attack-minded midfielder will be the essential protagonist for Denmark in a group that has been labelled ‘the group of death’ with Portugal, Holland and Germany. Already getting linked to the Premier League and La Liga, he could engineer himself a lucrative move if he performs to his possible.
Fernando Llorente (ESP)
With David Villa absent due to injury, and Fernando Torres far from leading type, he is widely expected to begin for the 2008 tournament winners. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Mata and Silva will inundate him with chances so count on the Bilbao man to be amongst the goals.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ENG)
Boss Roy Hodgson has currently stated he is not afraid to start off him, and if they have qualified with 1 group game to spare the Arsenal youngster will practically surely function and has the ability to propel his skilled profile into the higher echelons of Europe’s footballing greatest. Intelligent, confident, and not afraid to attempt the unexpected he will execute if played.