Young guns who can set Euro 2016 on fire
WITH just over two months to go before the start of the Uefa European Championship in France, the race to make the final squads for their countries at Europe's premier football tournament is heating up.
While managers have usually gone for the tried-and-tested senior players for big international tournaments like the Euros, history has shown that having youth in the team can be a positive.
Some of these young players did their chances of making the final squad no harm in the international matches over the weekend, with Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli impressing in England's shock win over the mighty Germans.
The Straits Times looks at five young players to look out for at Euro 2016.
England's hopes of making an impression could rest on the shoulders of this young man who turns 20 only next month.
As one of the breakout stars of this season's English Premier League, he has inspired a youthful-looking Spurs side to second place in the table.
So far, Alli has looked like the complete midfielder with his ability to play as a box-to-box midfielder or in the creative No. 10 role.
In his latest outing with the Three Lions, he proved that he could translate his formidable club form onto the international stage by putting up a fine display against the Germans.
England fans will be looking to him to end their years of hurt in major tournaments come June.
He made headlines when he came off the bench to inspire Bayern Munich to a comeback win over his parent club Juventus in the second round of the Uefa Champions League two weeks ago.
Despite being part of a hugely talented Bayern squad, the 19-year-old has impressed manager Pep Guardiola enough to grant him 20 appearances so far this season.
While the speedy winger has just two appearances for the French national team, his opportunities will only increase if he can maintain his form.
Critics wrote him off, saying that he was a flash in the pan, especially after he went 748 minutes without a goal at the start of the season.
But after 31 league games, he has proven the naysayers wrong, with his 21 goals making him the current top scorer in the English Premier League.
The 22-year-old has also impressed on the international front, with four goals in nine appearances.
England manager Roy Hodgson will have a tough decision to make about whether to stick with the ageing Wayne Rooney as his main striker for the European Championship or to take a gamble on the in-form Kane.
The 20-year-old defender made his first appearance for Germany when he came off the bench last weekend in their match against England.
And if his career continues in the same upward trajectory, that will not be the last that fans will see of him.
He has also been an integral part of his club side Bayern Leverkusen this season, leading them to their current sixth position in the Bundesliga.
Belonging to a new breed of ball-playing centre-backs, he is seen as the future of the German national team and could dislodge the likes of established defenders Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels if he keeps up his form.
The big Belgian forward once said that his biggest childhood hero was Chelsea's legendary striker Didier Drogba.
And this season, he has been scoring at a rate that even the Ivorian would be proud of.
In 37 appearances for Everton in all competitions, the 22-year-old has already notched 25 goals.
After he made known his desire to play Champions League football next season, he has been linked to some of Europe's leading clubs such as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Armed with 42 appearances for his country, Lukaku is also no stranger to the international stage.
But having netted only once in his last major international tournament in 2014, Lukaku will be eager to make amends and the stage could be set for him to shine in France.