Euro 2012 – Top 10 players to watch

Top 10 ones to watch - Part 1

10. Xavi Hernandez, Midfielder, Spain

Xavi Hernandez is very much the unsung hero of Spain, having been crucial to the side in their victories at Euro 2008 and the World Cup of 2010. He is one of the most consistent performers in the Spanish side and produces top quality football for Barcelona and country. Xavi was named Euro 2008's player of the tournament for his excellent midfield play. He is a strong tackler but equally important in creating attacks for his side and is sure to be pivotal in their attempt to retain their title in Euro 2012.

 

9. Robin Van Persie, Striker, The Netherlands

Robin Van Persie has rapidly established himself as one of the best strikers in European club football and has captained Arsenal with great purpose this season. He is best known for his incredible goalscoring talent but also possesses a fine all-round game. He seems a far stronger player this year and goes into this tournament in the best shape of his international career. He could definitely emerge as one of the top Euro players to watch and is proving popular in Euro 2012 betting tips to be top scorer.

 

8. Mesut Ozil, Midfielder, Germany

Mesut Ozil has been in superb form this season for his club, Real Madrid, and this has helped them to produce some devastating performances in La Liga and the Champions League. He carried that form over to the national side and was instrumental in guiding Germany safely through qualification. He contributed five goals and seven assists to leave Germany with a perfect record in the group stages. He produced another great goal in their recent friendly against Holland and looks set to be a major player in Euro 2012.

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7. Roman Pavlyuchenko, Striker, Russia

A lack of first team football at Tottenham led to Pavlyuchenko seeking a transfer in order to keep himself in top form for Euro 2012. He is second in Russia’s all-time scoring list and hit the target four times in qualifying, including a hat-trick in the 3-1 victory against Armenia. Now with regular playing time, Pavlyuchenko will be out to show his true talent under the Euro 2012 spotlight.

 

6. Daniel Sturridge, Striker, England

England’s campaign for Euro 2012 met with an untimely setback with the loss of their Manager but they have been building a decent squad and are hopeful of a good championship. One player who is on the fringes of the first team is Chelsea striker, Daniel Sturridge. He has made giant strides in the Premier League this season and has kept his place against competition from international stars Torres, Drogba and Kalou. If he can cement his place in the side, he will be one of the most exciting young Euro players to watch.

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