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Winners, exciting players: Expert U21 EURO predictions

UEFA.com's team of reporters are getting comfortable in Poland awaiting the start of the U21 championship; here is what they are looking forward to most.

Portugal's Renato Sanches is one to watch in Poland
Portugal's Renato Sanches is one to watch in Poland ©Getty Images

Sam Crompton, UEFA.com social media (@UEFAcomSamC)

Most looking forward to watching ... Marco Asensio  – goals in the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League final tell you what a special talent he is. 

Expecting the winners to be ... Spain their star-studded squad is too strong and exciting to overlook. 

Simon Hart, UEFA.com English reporter (@UEFAcomSimonH)

Most looking forward to watching ... Jordan Pickford given the transfer fee Everton have just agreed for him...

Expecting the winners to be ... Spain – with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suárez, Iñaki Williams and Asensio, they should be worth watching even if they don't win …

Ian Holyman, UEFA.com English reporter (@UEFAcomIanH)

Most looking forward to watching ... Serge Gnabry – spectacularly brilliant for Bremen, surely also now for Germany.

Expecting the winners to be ... Germany – have you seen their squad?!

Tom Kell, UEFA.com English reporter (@UEFAcomTomK)

Germany: 'their turn', apparently
Germany: 'their turn', apparently©Getty Images

Most looking forward to watching ... Renato Sanches – has the ability to run the show single-handed.

Expecting the winners to be ... Germany – it's got to be their turn, hasn't it?

Piotr Koźmiński, UEFA.com Polish reporter (@UEFAcomPiotrK)

Most looking forward to watching ... Renato Sanches – I saw what he can do at the EURO in France, and after a quiet season with Bayern, he should be ready to shine in Poland.

Expecting the winners to be ... Spain – after their squad announcement, the Spanish press called this side "a dream team"; it's hard to disagree.

Alessandro Massimo, UEFA.com Italian reporter (UEFAcomAleM)

Patrick Schick: 'knows very well how to score'
Patrick Schick: 'knows very well how to score'©FACR

Most looking forward to watching ... Patrik Schick – fast, strong Czech forward who certainly knows where the goal is.

Expecting the winners to be ... Italy – probably the best Italian Under-21 team since 1996.

Majid Mohamed, UEFA.com English reporter (Majid_Mohamed)

Most looking forward to watching ... László Bénes – dubbed the next Marek Hamšík.

Expecting the winners to be ... Portugal – the likes of Bruma will deliver in Poland. 

José Nuno Pimentel, UEFA.com Portuguese reporter (@UEFAcomJoseP)

Most looking forward to watching ... Renato Sanches – uncapped at U21 level, the strength and pace of the UEFA EURO 2016 winner could be very helpful.

Expecting the winners to be ... Portugal – beaten finalists last time and with a strong team, it's their time to go one better.

Santi Retortillo, UEFA.com Spanish reporter (@UEFAcomSantiR)

Champions League and Europa League stars heading for the U21s
Champions League and Europa League stars heading for the U21s

Most looking forward to watching ... Marco Asensio – in the hunt for another title after a promising season at Real Madrid.

Expecting the winners to be ... Spain – After missing out in 2015, this generation seems as good as the one that won in 2013.

Philip Röber, UEFA.com German reporter (@UEFAcomPhilipR)

Most looking forward to watching ... Maximilian Philipp – Dortmund's recent signing has a knack for special moments.

Expecting the winners to be ... England – it's all up for grabs, but England's youngsters have momentum.