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Five of football’s brightest talents to watch in U21 Euros group stage

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hile Gareth Southgate and the England senior side continue to gear up for this summer’s European Championships, the Under-21s are wasting no time.

With the re-jigged tournament being separated across two international breaks, the group stages for the tournament begin this week.

England and Aidy Boothroyd take a strong squad to Slovenia, but there are plenty of players to be keeping an eye on.

Here are a few to watch over the coming fortnight…

Noni Madueke, 19, England

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Already mentioned in the same breath as Phil Foden by England boss Aidy Boothroyd, there is plenty of excitement around the young forward from PSV.

Madueke, who made the decision to leave Tottenham’s academy for Eindhoven at the age of just 16, can play anywhere across the front three and is flourishing in the Eredivisie.

Europe’s biggest clubs, including Bayern Munich and some back home in England, are interested in the forward and an impressive tournament would only add to that.

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Having struggled to break through at Lyon last season, Gouiri has this term found his feet at Nice and, despite the club’s inconsistent form, has 16 goals and six assists across all competitions.

The forward, who offers plenty of pace and flair cutting in from the left, has been the silver lining in a difficult season for Nice and is a crucial part of their side at such a young age.

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Spain, holders and early favourites for the tournament, will be looking to Diaz to provide plenty of their creative spark.


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