Euro 2016 is drawing closer, but the squads are not yet set in stone. There is still a chance for some uncapped players to make it into their national-team squads.
Danny Rose – England/Tottenham
With Manchester United’s Luke Shaw recovering from a broken leg, there is a vacancy in the England squad for someone to provide competition for Leighton Baines. Rose’s consistent performances from left back for Spurs’ this season has seen his club transform into title challengers as they could go top of the league with a win over West Ham today. Roy Hodgson would be shortsighted to not even consider Rose, who has been one of the best left backs in the Premier League this season.
N’Golo Kanté – France/Leicester
One of Leicester’s standout performers in their fairytale season from relegation battle to title challenge, N’Golo has never been called up to a France squad for any age group. His performances this season have drawn many plaudits , in particular for his tackling and interceptions. Leicester manager, Ranieri, noted: “What he does is huge. He recovers an uncountable number of balls and he is pretty unstoppable when he accelerates”
Renato Sanches – Portugal/Benfica
The youngest player on this list, 18 year old attacking midfielder Renato Sanches, is enjoying his breakout season at Benfica. Despite his limited experience, his performances for Benfica in domestic and European competition has led some to call for him to be included in the Portuguese squad.
Guilherme Marinato – Russia/Lokomotiv Moscow
The experienced Brazilian goalkeeper has been playing between the sticks for Lokomotiv Moscow for nearly a decade and has recently acquired Russian citizenship so will be available for selection for the first time. Whilst Russia plan to use the naturalisation of players before the 2018 World Cup, it is unclear whether Guilherme will be the first.
Saúl Ñiguez– Spain/Atletico Madrid
Vicente del Bosque is not a coach that likes to change personnel too often, but he has said he admires the industrious 21 year old, noting: “Saúl covers a lot of ground and is a real team player“. The versatile midfielder is the most likely uncapped player to squeeze into the holders’ Euro 2016 squad, as he represents a rare back-up option for Sergio Busquets in the holding role yet also offers a lot in attack, having scored seven times for Atlético this campaign.
Tom Bradshaw – Wales/Walsall
Called up but unused in the most recent national squad, Tom Bradshaw will hope to get a chance to prove his worth in upcoming friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine. With fellow Welsh strikers Church, Robson-Kanu and Lawrence struggling to find goalscoring form, Bradshaw will hope that his 15 goals for Walsall this season will have further attracted Chris Coleman’s attention. The former Aberystwyth Town man, will be hoping his performances for promotion chasing Walsall will be enough to see him make it to the Euro’s.
Danny Drinkwater – England/Leicester
Another Leicester player who has been performing consistently for high flying Leicester is 25 year old Danny Drinkwater. Instrumental in pushing Leicester up to the top of the table, Roy Hodgson has been keeping his eye on him (and other Leicester players) at the King Power stadium this season. Aside from Top Scorer Vardy, Drinkwater is the most likely Leicester player to make the England squad.
Aymeric Laporte – France/Athletic Bilbao
The Basque defender, who is only the second ever French player to play for Bilbao had the option to play for Spain, but has confirmed that he wants to play for ‘Les Bleus‘. Whilst there was clear surprise at non-selection at the most recent call-ups, Aymeric Laporte will be hoping to change Didier Dechamps mind in the next four months.
Alan Judge – Ireland /Brentford
The attacking midfielder has been one of the standout performers in the Championship this season, scoring ten goals and providing fourteen assists in an average Brentford side. Despite representing Ireland at all youth levels, the 27 year old, has yet to receive his first full team debut.
Others that could make their international squads are Vitaliy Buvalskiy (Ukraine/Dynamo Kiev), Domenico Berardi (Italy/Sassuolo), Hector Bellerin (Spain/Arsenal), Ander Herrera (Spain/Manchester United) and Leonardo Pavoletti (Italy/Genoa).