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10 under the radar players set to shine at Euro 2016

10 under the radar players set to shine at Euro 2016

10 under the radar players set to shine at Euro 2016
07 June 2016

Hear that? Listen closer. No, closer still: it's our heart beating, a millisecond faster with every hour that passes between now and Euro 2016.

Can you blame us? You don't need the uncontrollable excitement levels of Clive Tyldesley to be roused by the prospect of a European Championships, where once again the next batch of diamonds in the rough will be unearthed (and promptly snapped up by a Premier League giant for well over the odds).

With this in mind, we’ve asked Russell Cane (no, not that one - we mean Content Manager at daily fantasy football site Oulala), who’s chalked up some 26 wins in Telegraph Fantasy Football, Sun Dream Team, and Daily Mail Fantasy Football, to identify 10 under-the-radar players you really ought to be including in your own fantasy team this month.

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Radja Nainggolan, Roma and Belgium

Position: Midfielder

"Belgium's current generation is awash with talent. While the midfielder may not steal the limelight from the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, he is an extraordinary two-way midfielder, capable of building up play as well as breaking it down. Featuring regularly in qualifying, the 28-year-old is key if Belgium are to have any hopes of glory this summer."

Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine

Position: Winger

"A physical frame and strong in the air are not qualities generally expected in a wide man. Throw in speed, the capability of going past players and excellent change-of-direction abilities, the 26-year-old is every full-back's worst nightmare. Six goals and two assists in qualifying highlights why Ukraine's talisman is expected to shine this summer."

Artem Dzyuba, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Russia

Position: Forward

"Physically, the perfect target man standing at six feet five inches in height, while his ability to also receive the ball on the deck makes the Russian striker difficult to predict. Scoring eight goals in eight appearances in qualifying, along with two assists, the 27-year-old will be a major threat to English, Welsh and Slovakian defences."

Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Bayer Leverkusen and Turkey

Position: Midfielder

"The 22-year-old is best known as one of Europe's top free kick specialists. Creativity, nimble feet and a smart turn of pace, the talented youngster has many strings to his bow. Throw in speed, strength in possession and an ability to find a defence-splitting pass and you have all the ingredients to a player ready to explode on the big stage."

Breel Embolo, Basel and Switzerland

Position: Forward

"As one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe, the talented 19-year-old exudes pace, power and trickery. His strength to fend off defenders and an excellent ability to hold up play was evident in qualifying, registering four assists and a goal in five appearances for his country."

Ivan Perišić, Inter Milan and Croatia

Position: Winger

"Powerful, dominant aerially, a tendency to cut inside and a great crosser of the ball, the winger offers his country a huge threat in the final third of the pitch. Weighing in with six goals and three assists from nine appearances, the 27-year-old was Croatia's top scorer in qualifying."

Marc Janko, Basel and Austria

Position: Forward

"Averaging a goal every other game, the 32-year-old veteran is the focal point to a side growing in quality. With the likes of David Alaba and Marko Arnautović supplying the ammunition, it's no surprise the six foot five inch striker registered seven goals and two assists in nine qualification matches."

Ciprian Tătărușanu, Fiorentina and Romania

Position: Goalkeeper

"With the best defensive record in qualifying, conceding just two goals in 10 games, Romania will rely on their strength at the back to see them through a difficult group. Boasting 15 clean sheets in 37 appearances for his club, the 2015 Romanian Player of the Year heads into the tournament in fine form."

Vladimír Weiss, Al-Gharafa and Slovakia

Position: Winger

"The former Manchester City and Rangers wide man was the most creative player in qualifying, registering six assists in eight appearances for Slovakia. Gifted with pace, creativity and the ability to beat a man, the 26-year-old will be looking to resurrect a once promising career that now sees him plying his trade in Qatar."

PICK OF THE BUNCH: Arkadiusz Milik, Ajax and Poland

Position: Forward

"While expectation falls on the shoulders of Robert Lewandowski, the Poles are by no means a one man team. With a fierce left foot and dangerous in the air, the Bayern Munich forward's 22-year-old international strike partner netted six goals in nine appearances during qualifying and added a further six assists."

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