Joao Felix (Portugal)
Long considered an outstanding prospect, Joao Felix’s career has perhaps stalled slightly after struggling to show his best form at Atletico Madrid. The 21-year-old may be more comfortable in this Portugal side, so could be as important to their bid to retain the trophy as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva are.
Jude Bellingham (England)
A player who won’t turn 18 until later this month, Jude Bellingham has enjoyed a truly remarkable rise in the last year or so. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is a real all-rounder who arguably already looks like he could be a key player for England despite having just four caps to his name. Not bad for a player who was bossing it in midfield for Championship side Birmingham City when he was just 16 years old. There seems to be no limit to how far this kid can go.
Orkun Kokcu (Turkey)
A player that will be well known by Eredivisie viewers, Orkun Kokcu has long looked an elite prospect with his performances for Feyenoord. Now the 20-year-old has the chance to show what he can do for the Turkish national team on the big stage this summer, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t have transfer suitors queuing up if he can perform in these high-profile matches.
Adam Hlozek (Czech Republic)
Despite still only being 18 years of age, Adam Hlozek has been a first-team regular for Sparta Prague for the last three seasons, and scored an impressive 15 goals in 19 league matches in the campaign just gone. This exciting wonderkid surely has what it takes to emerge as a surprise star for the Czech Republic if they’re brave enough to throw him into the team this summer.
Billy Gilmour (Scotland)
Finally, we’ve not seen that much of Billy Gilmour for Chelsea, but the 19-year-old has shown flashes of real quality and might get more opportunities to play in the Scottish national team. It’s the first time in a while that we’ve seen Scotland at an international tournament, but with talented players like Gilmour in their squad, they shouldn’t be underestimated.