August 10th, 2013
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My wife made some toffee apples the other day… they have been quite very good!
Andy Carroll (ENG)
Anticipated to start the initial two fixtures soon after an inspired late run of form for Liverpool towards the end of the season, all eyes will be on the England centre-forward. Although only thought to be deputising for Wayne Rooney, he could make a critical case for automatic selection if he delivers victory against cross-channel rivals France.
Gregory Van Der Wiel (NED)
The flying right complete-back is currently beginning to forge a reputation amongst Europe’s elite soon after a glittering season for employers Ajax. Linked with a host of top clubs, he could see his worth rise drastically, supplying he performs for Holland in June. His game suits the national group, who play with style and panache – expect his buccaneering runs to bamboozle defenders and be utilised as a valuable outlet.
Mario Balotelli (ITL)
Extensively seen as ‘king of mayhem’, he could turn Italy into kings of Europe if he performs to his capacity with an Italian side who have worked hard to alter their style of play in qualifying to a a lot more appealing game with an emphasis on ball retention and attacking with pace, rather than sitting back and defending. If supplied with possibilities, the Italian could take this tournament by storm.
Karim Benzema (FRA)
Has been a continual below Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid this season and is playing the greatest football toffee of his profession right now. Following his 21 goals helped Los Blancos to their first La Liga title given that 2008, he will be keen for far more glory on the national stage. Playing in a France team that is experiencing a period of transition under Laurent Blanc, he is nicely worth maintaining an eye on.
Robert Lewandowski (POL)
Relatively unknown to most football fans, if he brings his club type onto the national stage, many will don’t forget the name. Has played a critical part in Borussia Dortmund’s season as they stormed to the German Bundesliga title and humiliated Bayern Munich 5-two in the cup final. His 30 targets won him player of the season domestically and he could aid the joint hosts trigger a considerable upset at the tournament.
Thomas Muller (GER)
Is established on the international tournament mantle after jointly winning the golden boot at the Planet Cup in 2010, even though he is frequently overlooked by club coach Jupp Heynckes, who prefers compatriot Toni Kroos. He has shown he can score essential targets right after notching in the European Cup final for Bayern Munich, and is just as lethal off the ball as on it. He will be an important aspect if Germany mount a serious challenge.
Nikica Jelavic (CRO)
Everton and Premier League football fans have observed that the Croat doesn’t want a second invitation to toffee put the ball in the back of the net. Has notched 11 ambitions in 16 appearances considering that his transfer to the Toffees in January, and is well equipped to help Croatia out of a sticky circumstance. Like Lewandowski, he could be a surprise package.
Christian Eriksen (DEN)
Another player that has rolled off the world renowned Amsterdam production line, the Ajax Danish attack-minded midfielder will be the important protagonist for Denmark in a group that has been labelled ‘the group of death’ with Portugal, Holland and Germany. Already getting linked to the Premier League and La Liga, he could engineer himself a profitable move if he performs to his possible.
Fernando Llorente (ESP)
With David Villa absent due to injury, and Fernando Torres far from best form, he is widely expected to commence for the 2008 tournament winners. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Mata and Silva will inundate him with possibilities so count on the Bilbao man to be among the goals.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ENG)
Boss Roy Hodgson has currently stated he is not afraid to begin him, and if they have qualified with one group game to spare the Arsenal youngster will nearly surely function and has the capacity to propel his expert profile into the larger echelons of Europe’s footballing best. Intelligent, confident, and not afraid to try the unexpected he will carry out if played.