Rising stars vie for young player prize

Players aged 22 and under will have extra motivation at UEFA EURO 2016 as the brightest young prospects are competing to be named the first Young Player of the Tournament.

England's Raheem Sterling (left) challenges Renato Sanches of Portugal
England's Raheem Sterling (left) challenges Renato Sanches of Portugal ©Getty Images

Europe's top players will be showcasing their skills at UEFA EURO 2016 over the next month and, for the game's rising stars, there will be extra reason to impress as they compete to win the Young Player of the Tournament award presented by Socar.

This UEFA award is eligible to all players born on or after 1 January 1994 and will be chosen by the UEFA technical observers, who will attend every match at UEFA EURO 2016.

A host of top names are in contention for the prize, including France pair Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman, England's Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, Germany's Leroy Sané and Emre Can and Hakan Çalhanoğlu of Turkey.

Led by UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu and including Sir Alex Ferguson and Alain Giresse, UEFA's team of technical observers will apply all their considerable know-how and experience to select the young player who stands out the most both individually and as part of his team, and who makes an overall contribution that has a major impact on his side's performances.

The award is the culmination of Socar's #MakeYourDebut campaign, with five new countries and dozens of young players appearing in the UEFA European Championship for the first time.

Eligible for Young Player of the Tournament presented by Socar

Albania
Elseid Hysaj

Austria
Marcel Sabitzer
Alessandro Schöpf

Belgium
Jason Denayer
Jordan Lukaku
Divock Origi

Croatia
Tin Jedvaj
Ante Ćorić
Mateo Kovačić
Marko Rog
Marko Pjaca

Czech Republic
None

England
John Stones
Dele Alli
Eric Dier
Raheem Sterling
Marcus Rashford

France
Kingsley Coman
Anthony Martial

Germany
Joshua Kimmich
Emre Can
Leroy Sané
Julian Weigl

Hungary
Barnabás Bese
László Kleinheisler
Ádám Nagy

Iceland
Hjörtur Hermannsson

Italy
Federico Bernardeschi

Northern Ireland
Luke McCullough
Paddy McNair

Poland
Bartosz Kapustka
Karol Linetty
Piotr Zieliński
Arkadiusz Milik
Mariusz Stępiński

Portugal
Renato Sanches

Republic of Ireland
None

Romania
Steliano Filip

Russia
Aleksandr Golovin

Slovakia
Milan Škriniar
Ondrej Duda

Spain
Héctor Bellerín

Sweden
Ludwig Augustinsson
Victor Lindelöf

Switzerland
Nico Elvedi
Denis Zakaria
Breel Embolo
Shani Tarashaj

Turkey
Ahmet Çalık
Hakan Çalhanoğlu
Ozan Tufan
Emre Mor

Ukraine
Viktor Kovalenko
Olexandr Zinchenko

Wales
George Williams