How premier are they now?

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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

Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger

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Dim­itri Payet

Graziano Pellè

Romelu Lukaku

Daniel Stur­ridge

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