☄️ Ten teenage talents to watch out for at Euro 2020
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☄️ Ten teenage talents to watch out for at Euro 2020

Excitement is reaching fever pitch with just seven days to wait until Euro 2020 gets underway. 

There will be a host of established household names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, Giorgio Chiellini, Thomas Müller and Romelu Lukaku all gunning for national glory this summer, but there are also a group of talented stars at the other end of the career spectrum.

We've picked out the cream of the crop.

💫 Euro 2020 teenage talents

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jude Bellingham
  • 🇧🇪 Jérémy Doku
  • 🇳🇱 Ryan Gravenberch
  • 🇭🇷 Joško Gvardiol
  • 🇨🇿 Adam Hložek
  • 🇵🇹 Nuno Mendes
  • 🇩🇪 Jamal Musiala
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Nathan Patterson
  • 🇪🇸 Pedri
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Bukayo Saka

Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham is still only 17 years old but he's already a name being discussed in all four corners of the football globe. Against Austria on Wednesday night, the Birmingham City youth product became the first 17-year-old to complete 90 minutes for England in 140 years.

What's astonished the worldwide audience most about him is the maturity and complete nature of his midfield displays. He's already a trusted part of the first-team furniture at Dortmund, and it's only a matter of time before his status in an England jersey reflects his meteoric rise at club level.

Arsenal's versatile star Bukayo Saka enjoyed a productive season on a personal level and he'll be eager to please whenever he gets minutes for the Three Lions this summer. Bellingham & Saka provide two tantalising options for manager Gareth Southgate.

Blessed with pace, directness and sublime dribbling ability, Jérémy Doku earned his first cap for Belgium in September last year, and he's already got plenty of Champions League experience under his belt for Rennes. If Roberto Martínez needs to change a game from the bench, Doku will be his man. 

In the best Dutch traditions of Ajax, Ryan Gravenberch is an elegant box-to-box midfielder who can do a bit of everything and looks to always have oodles of time on the ball. He's physically imposing too and should form one half of a highly productive midfield duo alongside Frenkie de Jong for the Netherlands.

England's loss will be Germany's gain after Jamal Musiala switched national allegiances. The Bayern Munich youngster is a goal-scoring midfielder with a languid, casual running style that isn't too dissimilar to that of Dele Alli. Musiala will cause defenders all sorts of problems this summer.

Croatia is unlikely to go deep in the tournament as they did in the 2018 World Cup but, in Joško Gvardiol, they boast one of the best young defensive prospects on the planet. RB Leipzig parted with €16m to sign the imposing centre back from Dinamo Zagreb and that fee might turn out to be a smart investment when he joins Die Roten Bullen on July 1st. Until then, the left-footer will be eager to impress for his country.  

Scotland isn't short of exciting young talent either. Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour turns 20 on the day that Euro 2020 starts, and watch out for 19-year-old Rangers man Nathan Patterson - the Scots are blessed with riches at left-back in the shape of Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney, and now they've got a top prospect on the other side of their defence. The fact that Patterson just won a league title going undefeated will do wonders for his confidence too. 

Sporting Lisbon flyer Nuno Mendes has gone on record saying "I am not an elite player but I am working hard for that."

It's that humility that has helped him enjoy a breakthrough season in Portugal, earning his first call-up for the European champions as a result. Mendes is now one of the most coveted young left-backs in the world and he might end up being very wrong in his own assessment of his capabilities. 

One name going under the radar is that of tall Czech Republic attacker Adam Hlozek. He bagged 15 goals and nine assists for Sparta Prague last season and a move to one of Europe's elite leagues might not be far away. 

Not to exaggerate, but there are shades of the great Xavi Hernández in Spain's latest central midfield maestro Pedri - the Barcelona boy shows a sublime level of composure for one so young, and he's already delivered top-class performances for Barça in numerous midfield roles and systems. 

The precocious 18-year-old's tactical intelligence and passing ability make him a typical Spanish player, and perhaps one that could orchestrate things for a decade and more in the colours of La Furia Roja. He is a potentially generational talent. 

Which emerging superstar will shine brightest at Euro 2020? 

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