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After two days of having to watch Wimbledon, Euro 2020 returns to our screens today with two tasty quarter-finals.
Dream Team Euros gaffers need to make sure their XI is in tip-top shape with all eliminated players replaced with those who could thrive in the next few days.
In hope of providing you with inspiration, we’ve assembled a theoretical team that we think would be well-placed to hoard points going forward.
GOALKEEPER: Jordan Pickford (£3.5m)
No need to over complicate things between the sticks – England’s No1 is the top points scorer in his position at this stage with 26 points.
The Three Lions are the only team yet to concede a goal and they’ve got an excellent chance of extending that run against Ukraine in the quarter-finals – Andriy Shevchenko’s men qualified from the group stages with just three points and a negative goal difference.
DEFENDERS: John Stones (£4.0m), Luke Shaw (£3.0m), Leonardo Spinazzola (£2.5m), Joakim Maehle (£2.0m)
For reasons already mentioned, block-picking England players in defence seems like a logical move.
Stones and Shaw are the two best defenders in Dream Team Euros at the time of writing.
Spinazzola has been one of the breakout players of the tournament – if it’s possible to ‘break out’ at 28 years old.
Romelu Lukaku poses a huge threat to the Roma left-back’s potential clean sheet but he’s been such a threat going forward that he’s as likely as anyone to get an assist in the standout fixture of the last eight – especially with Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m) expected to miss the game through injury.
Maehle completes our defensive quartet as we think Denmark will edge out Czech Republic on Saturday.
The Atalanta full-back has impressed this summer, banking 20 points so far, a tally only bettered by six other defenders.
MIDFIELDERS: Ferran Torres (£3.5m), Mikkel Damsgaard (£2.5m), Raheem Sterling (£5.5m)
Swizterland may have vanquished France but they conceded three goals in the process, just as they did against Italy in the group stage, so backing some attack-minded Spaniards seems sensible.
Only two remaining midfielders have more points than Torres and one of them is the aforementioned, injury-troubled De Bruyne.
Damsgaard has done an excellent job of stepping up for Denmark in Christain Eriksen’s absence to occupy the role of playmaker-in-chief.
He followed up a goal against Russia with an assist versus Wales and will see a lot of the ball when the Danes meet the Czechs tomorrow.
With De Bruyne a serious doubt, Sterling seems to be the most obvious premier midfield option to back after he scored his third goal of the tournament against Germany on Tuesday.
FORWARDS: Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m), Ciro Immobile (£5.0m), Alvaro Morata (£3.5m)
Backing a striker set to face an Italian defence is usually something to avoid but, with Harry Kane (£7.0m) partially struggling, Lukaku is the standout centre-forward still active at Euro 2020 – the Belgian appears in 64.9% of teams!
Taking everything into account, Italy have been the best team at Euro 2020 to this point and Immobile could have more than his two goals had he benefited from some slightly better luck.
Belgium’s defence held firm against Portugal but their ageing legs will find it hard to deal with the Azzurri this evening.
Finally, how about a counter-intuitive selection in the form of Morata?
Sure, his finishing is inconsistent at best and can be a frustrating character but Spain create so many chances and the 28-year-old may have turned a corner after his stunning extra-time goal against Croatia.
Crazier things have happened!
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