100. Kingsley Coman | France
One of Bayern Munich’s unsung heroes, Coman is coming off a Bundesliga campaign in which he laid on 12 assists, as well as scoring eight goals for the Bundesliga champions.
His most famous goal, though, remains his headed winner in the 2020 Champions League final as he and Bayern took down his former club, Paris Saint-Germain.
This summer he will form part of Didier Deschamps’ feared forward line as the world champions aim to become European champions too.
99. Leonardo Bonucci | Italy
Juventus stalwart Bonucci is a stereotypical old-fashioned centre-back. Not afraid to but his body on the line in aid of his team, the 34-year-old has spent nine of the last 10 years with Juve and has been a key foundation stone to their success over that time.
The veteran knows every trick in the book and will make the lives of centre forwards a nightmare.
98. Teemu Pukki | Finland
Pukki is a well-travelled striker who has played at the top level in Spain, Germany, Scotland and Denmark, as well as his homeland.
Norwich, though, has been his home since 2018, and it was with the Canaries he shot to prominence thanks to a blistering run in the 2019-20 Premier League season.
Although Daniel Farke’s side were relegated, Pukki has fired them back to the big time with another prolific campaign ahead of his country’s first appearance at a major tournament.
97. Goran Pandev | North Macedonia
At nearly 38 years old, North Macedonia star Pandev is one of the oldest players on show at Euro 2020. Indeed, he made his professional debut with Belasica in 2000 before some of his rivals were even born!
And yet the ex-Inter forward continues to operate at the top level of the game with Genoa after a decade and a half at the highest level, with his goal against Georgia in November having secured his country’s place at their first-ever major tournament.
96. Artem Dzyuba | Russia
There is little subtlety when it comes to the talents of Dzuyba, who stands at 6′ 6″ and, for opponents trying to mark him, must feel like he has the strength of a bull.
Certainly, the Zenit striker’s physical characteristics make him a unique challenge for centre-backs in this era of mobile forwards, and Russia will seek to use his raw power to their advantage.
95. Milan Skriniar | Slovakia
Inter centre-back Skriniar arrives at the European Championship as one of Serie A’s foremost defensive talents, having helped his club to their first Scudetto in 11 years.
Unlikely to beat many forwards in a foot race, Skriniar’s strengths are in his reading of the game, making him ideal in tactical duels.
He recently scored his first international goals in back-to-back matches against Malta and Russia in March.
94. Marcos Llorente | Spain
Llorente has been one of the driving forces behind Atletico Madrid’s outstanding campaign, hitting double figures in terms of both goals and assists over the course of the La Liga season.
Numerous top clubs have been linked with the versatile midfielder, who has operated primarily as a No.10 for Atleti but can also play slightly deeper or on the right-hand side.
93. Giorgio Chiellini | Italy
Although Chiellini has had a stop-start season with Juventus, he is still set to play a key role for Italy at Euro 2020.
The 36-year-old made his international debut back in 2004 and has played more than 100 times for the national team.
A wily and aggressive centre-back, there will be no forwards who relish coming up against the veteran ball winner.
92. Ruslan Malinovskiy | Ukraine
A relative late bloomer in footballing terms, 28-year-old Malinovskiy has only been playing Serie A football for a couple of years, having previously been with Genk in Belgium.
It has not taken him long to make a positive impression in Atalanta’s exciting side, though.
He is noted for his work ethic and defensive qualities in the heart of the midfield, but also his fierce left foot when given the chance to shoot.
Since moving to West Ham from Slavia Prague in 2020, Soucek has seen his reputation explode.
The 26-year-old is capable both going forward and defensively, while he brings a unique threat from crosses and set-pieces because of his tall frame.
This threat has won him positive comparisons with Marouane Fellaini, another central midfielder that David Moyes used to good effect during his time at Everton.
As a teenager, Gulacsi spent time on loan at lowly Hereford United, but his career turned a corner when he moved from obscurity at Liverpool to Red Bull Salzburg in 2015.
Since then, he has graduated to RB Leipzig, where he has featured on more than 200 occasions.
He is regularly named among the outstanding goalkeepers in the Bundesliga.
89. Rodri | Spain
Manchester City midfielder Rodri is a player with it all.
He is primarily a defensive player, but as one would expect from a regular in a Pep Guardiola side, he is also highly accomplished with the ball at his feet.
Guardiola once said: “The best holding midfielders never appear in newspapers, they hide behind the team.” And that is exactly what the understated but highly reliable Rodri does for both club and country.
88. Ivan Perisic | Croatia
Perisic has already done it before on the big international stage.
During the 2018 World Cup, the Inter winger was a key player as Croatia finished runners-up, notably grabbing a late winner against Iceland, producing a decisive semi-final display against England, in which he scored and gained an assist, and scoring in the final.
The 32-year-old has a decade of top-level experience in Germany and Italy to call upon too.
87. David de Gea | Spain
Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea has been a divisive figure at club level over the course of last few campaigns, but he will go into Euro 2020 with the hope of rebuilding his reputation.
There are few better goalkeepers when the former Atletico Madrid custodian is on form, and this is his opportunity, if selected to start by Luis Enrique, to put a forgettable performance at the 2018 World Cup firmly behind him.
86. Burak Yilmaz | Turkey
Now 35, Yilmaz has been making a living scoring goals for nearly two decades – and he appears to be still getting better at it!
Having moved to France with Lille last summer, he slotted in seamlessly to a side that completely outperformed expectations to win Ligue 1, both scoring and creating goals.
That form has translated to the international scene, where he netted a hat-trick against the Netherlands in March.
85. Alexander Isak | Sweden
Sweden’s youngest-ever goalscorer, Isak has four years of international experience behind him despite still being only 21.
For years the Swedes have been seeking a successor to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and their hopes are currently pinned on Isak.
Standing well over six feet tall, the Real Sociedad star is an imposing target man and has a keen eye for goal.
84. Manuel Locatelli | Italy
Sassuolo have quietly established themselves as a formidable force in Serie A in recent years, and one of the men underpinning their success has been midfielder Locatelli.
Blending intelligence and technical ability, he is being linked to a host of top European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
His asking price of around €40 million (£34.5m/$49m) is evidence of how highly Sassuolo rate him.
83. Jude Bellingham | England
Eyebrows were raised last summer when Bellingham elected to move to Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City, but the teenager’s decision has been fully justified having only enhanced his reputation in the Bundesliga.
The midfielder has been exposed to elite football both domestically and in Europe, and has not missed a beat.
For the multitalented 17-year-old, the sky appears to be the limit
82. Harry Maguire | England
Some may have scoffed when Manchester United made Harry Maguire the most expensive defender of all-time in the summer of 2019, but his performances over the last two seasons have shown he is worthy of being talked about among Europe’s best.
An almost ever-present for the Red Devils, his absence was keenly felt during the final weeks of the campaign, and most notably in the Europa League final, after he picked up an ankle injury in early May.
As such, Gareth Southgate must hope his defensive leader is back to full fitness by the time the Three Lions play their opening fixture.
81. Marcel Sabitzer | Austria
A veteran of seven seasons with RB Leipzig, Sabitzer is a name well known in Bundesliga circles.
For his club side, he wears the No.7 shirt, and that is fitting as he has been compared to a certain David Beckham in the past.
Sabitzer, after all, is perhaps best known for his wicked set-piece delivery and long-range shooting. That should not, however, undermine the work he does for his side defensively.
AUTHOR: Robin Bairner
DATE PUBLISHED: June 7, 2021