Eden Hazard will lead Belgium out as captain of his team and after his horrible season for Chelsea he will need to do something he hasn’t really ever done and that’s set the field alight in a Belgium shirt. Among Belgium supports, they don’t see Eden Hazard as their main man but instead, his old Chelsea team mate Kevin De Bruyne as the star of the national team. Eden for some reason hasn’t really shown his quality in a Belgium shirt but this year could be different and with his talent and now being captain, big things are expected for the 25-year-old.
Anthony Martial came to Manchester United fairly unknown with a huge transfer fee. With many expecting the young Frenchman to ‘flop’, he has done the opposite and finished the season with a respectable 11 goals in his first season in England. Martial is the reason the Wayne Rooney’s absence hasn’t been drastic for Manchester United as the 20-year-old certainly carried the team on more than one occasion. With France’s main striker Benzema not selected, Martial has an opportunity to certainly get his fair share of minutes and showcase his talents.
Dimitri Payet has an outstanding season and it will certainly be interesting to see how he fits in this French team. Payet hasn’t been in the French team for quite some time now and only made his Debut in 2010, at 28 he is certainly in his prime and his performances for West Ham certainly show that. French has a host of talent in the middle of the park and Payet’s minutes may be limited but hopefully his form can continue.
Dele Alli had a break out season this year and with the pressure mounting on his young shoulders, the Englishman has seemed to embrace it all. Looking great in friendlies he looks to be a guaranteed started for England even with only one season of top flight football under his belt but he will certainly be one to watch.
This year Romelu Lukaku really tapped into the potential many of us knew he already had, at only 23 there is no reason why he cannot build from the 18 goals he scored last season. Certain to leave Everton this summer, will playing for a bigger club help or hinder his game, not being the best technically and not as consistent as real top class strikers need to be. At Everton he was the main man and the team played to his strengths building a system around him, at a bigger club this may not be the case. Romelu Lukaku has never been one to shy away from responsibility and seems to revel in big matches, with that in mind among other things, I expect Lukaku to make his mark at the Euros.