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A team of stars from the 2015 U21 EURO

With the draw for next summer's U21 EURO taking place on Thursday, UEFA.com selects a best XI of players who featured in the 2015 edition and who have since hit the big time.

A team of stars from the 2015 U21 EURO
A team of stars from the 2015 U21 EURO ©UEFA.com

If ever proof were needed that the UEFA European Under-21 Championship can act as a catapult to greater things, the career trajectory of those who figured in the 2015 final tournament certainly does the job. A selection of UEFA.com reporters who attended those Czech Republic finals sat down together to select a best XI of players who have hit the big time since that summer. Here's what we came up with ...

Goalkeeper: Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona & Germany)
Right-back: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München & Germany)
Centre-back: Victor Nilsson Lindelöf (Benfica & Sweden)
Centre-back: Andreas Christensen (Borussia Mönchengladbach, on loan from Chelsea, & Denmark)
Left-back: Ludwig Augustinsson (København & Sweden)     
Defensive midfield: João Mário (Inter Milan & Portugal)
Defensive midfield: William Carvalho (Sporting CP & Portugal)
Right wing: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United & England)
Attacking central midfield: Bernardo Silva (Monaco & Portugal)
Left wing: Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund & Portugal)
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur & England)

Kimmich and Guerreiro are among 40 nominees for the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2016. Click here to select your all-star XI.