How premier are they now?
With the first round of the group stage at the European Championship now complete, we take a look at how some of the top Premier League players have fared so far.
The name on everyone’s lips is France and West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet.
He provided the assist for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to score the opening goal of the competition against Romania and struck a thunderbolt in the dying moments of that match to secure the win for his country. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has also looked solid for France, especially in the game against Romania where he pulled off a miraculous goal-line save.
Staying with Spurs, fullbacks Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have been good for England, with the latter putting in an impressive shift against Wales.
Unfortunately, centre back pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have not been as good for Belgium.
The Belgian squad is full of Premier League players, 12 in total, and the likes of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will all need to improve if Belgium are going to live up to their pre-tournament hype.
Arsenal’s Petr Čech played well for the Czech Republic and was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet in their opening 1-0 loss to Spain.
Southampton striker Graziano Pellè scored a spectacular volley to secure Italy’s 2-0 win over Belgium, while Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger showed he’s still got it by coming off the bench and grabbing Germany’s second against Ukraine. However, Manchester City pair Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling will be hoping to do better, with the latter being virtually anonymous across England’s two matches so far, while Hart conceded a savable Gareth Bale free kick against archrivals Wales.
– TEAMtalk Media