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5 youngsters who shone at 2015 Euro Under-21 championship

Emre Can played in central midfield for Germany
Sachin Bhat
Modified 03 Jul 2015, 17:57 IST
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Sweden won the 2015 U21 Euro title with a win over PortugalOn Tuesday night in the capital city of Prague, Sweden made history when they ousted Portugal 4-3 on penalties to lift their first ever Under-21 European championship title. Hakan Ericson's young guns had a great campaign and were deservedly crowned champions when they dramatically beat Esperancas in the shoot-outs.The competition saw the participation of several young prospects who have made the grade with their club side in Europe and hoped to emulate their heroics with the national side. However, only a handful lot were able in doing so.Here are the 5 players who impressed at the 2015 Under-21 Euro championship.

#5 Emre Can - Germany

Pre-tournament favourites Germany crashed out in a humiliating fashion when they lost 5-0 to Portugal in the semi-final. considering the wealth of talent in their ranks, they did not really live up to the billing. Although Jose Sa, Amin Younis and Kevin Volland produced some eye-catching displays, Emre Can stood out from the bunch.

The Liverpool man, who had a decent debut season in England, played to his full potential and garnered plaudits for his excellent exploits with Germany. Unlike with his club side where he was mainly deployed as a defender, Can operated from the central midfield and the ploy allowed him to play at his peak.

His box-to-box ability, ball retention and tackling helped Mannschaft in dominating the game and with his clever passing coupled with lung-bursting foray into the box, unlocked defences at will and also linked well with the front three.

Can has given Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool fans plenty of reasons to get excited about the 2015/16 season.

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Published 02 Jul 2015, 23:09 IST
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