Meet the EFL stars making ready for Euros motion

They could be a year late, however when the European Championships begin this weekend, a complete of 33 players who played for 15 completely different Sky Bet EFL Golf equipment throughout the 2020/21 season shall be representing their international locations from Baku and Bucharest to Seville and St. Petersburg over the following 4 weeks.

As if extra proof have been wanted of the membership’s outstanding system of player recruitment, newly promoted Brentford contribute essentially the most players – 5 – to essentially the most completely different international locations – 4.

Whereas 23 members of England’s final 26-man squad both played within the EFL, got here by way of an EFL membership academy or made their debut in EFL competition, precisely half of the 24 European Championship teams characteristic a Sky Bet EFL player of their squad, with Wales carrying 13 players alone.

Right here, we take a look at the entire EFL players to comply with:

Austria

Daniel Bachmann (Watford)

When the 2020/21 season started, Bachmann’s goalkeeping CV amounted to 49 loan appearances at Wrexham, Ross County, Bury and Kilmarnock. By Could, it confirmed a starring position in promotion from the Sky Bet Championship with Watford and a primary international cap for Austria, against England at Wembley. The 26-year-old benefitted from an injury to Ben Foster to maintain 13 clear sheets in 23 league video games. Anticipated to be a reserve on the Euros, he has already confirmed himself a dependable deputy if wanted.

Croatia

Simon Sluga (Luton City)

One in every of six keepers from the Sky Bet EFL to make his country’s squad for the Euros, Simon Sluga has represented Croatia at six completely different age ranges. Whereas the 28-year-old Luton City keeper is just not more likely to start against England, Scotland or Czech Republic in Group D, Sluga has earned his place with a outstanding enchancment in his consistency. When he first arrived at Kenilworth, Sluga interspersed brilliance with the occasional mishap, however has labored hard to remodel himself into one of many Sky Bet Championship’s most dependable performers.

Czech Republic

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City)

Central defender Tomas Kalas will bring happy Wembley memories to the pitch for Czech Republic’s final Group D fixture against England. The 28-year-old was a member of the Fulham side that beat Aston Villa within the 2018 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final on the stadium. He had additionally received promotion to the Premier League two seasons earlier with Middlesbrough, one in all six Golf equipment to whom he was loaned out by Chelsea. By distinction, discovering a home within the centre of the Czech defence has by no means been a problem for the 28-year-old.

Denmark 

Mathias Jensen (Brentford)

Christian Norgaard (Brentford)

No pair of team-mates will certainly arrive at Euro 2020 on a better wave of euphoria than Brentford pair Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard after their Wembley triumph within the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final. Norgaard was forced to observe the 2-0 victory over Swansea City from the substitutes’ bench after injuring himself within the warm-up to the Semi-Final second leg, however each players shall be determined to switch their membership success onto the international stage as they purpose to beat Belgium, Russia and Finland in Group B.

Finland

Marcus Forss (Brentford)

Nicholas Hamalainen (QPR)

Anssi Jaakola (Bristol Rovers)

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

As if Teemu Pukki didn’t have sufficient to celebrate after scoring 26 goals in Norwich City’s title-winning Sky Bet Championship season, the 31-year-old shall be main his country’s attack in Finland’s debut at a serious international event. Pukki shall be hoping fatigue isn’t a priority on the end of a gruelling season for the striker. As well as making 41 Championship appearances for Norwich, Pukki played 11 occasions for his country, scoring 5 goals.

He’s joined within the Finland squad by Queens Park Rangers wing-back Nicholas Hamalainen, Brentford striker Marcus Forss and Bristol Rovers keeper Anssi Jaakola, one in all two Sky Bet League One players to make it to the event.

Hungary

Adam Nagy (Bristol City)

Adam Nagy endured a troublesome start to the season at Bristol City. By mid-November, the 25-year-old had played eight internationals for Hungary, however just two Championship matches for the Robins. Issues improved as he was capable of force his approach into the City side on a regular foundation after that, but he solely played the full 90 minutes for his membership as soon as within the final three months of the season, so his stamina shall be examined within the ‘Group of Death’ by opponents France, Germany and Portugal.

Netherlands

Tim Krul (Norwich City)

If it comes as a shock to be taught that Tim Krul continues to be solely 33, it’s as a result of the Norwich City keeper made his debut in English football on the age of just 18. He has solid a repute as a penalty stopper ever since. The Dutchman saved three this season alone to assist Norwich gain wins at Rotherham, Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers which helped them to the Sky Bet Championship title. The Netherlands’ Group C opponents Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia needn’t fear, however come the knockout stages…

Poland

Michal Helik (Barnsley)

Kamil Jozwiak (Derby County)

Michal Helik and Kamil Jozwiak may hardly have skilled extra contrasting seasons within the Sky Bet Championship. Helik offered a commanding, uncompromising presence on the coronary heart of the Barnsley defence because the Tykes solid into the Play-Offs. He additionally scored six goals for the Tykes and when he did, Barnsley by no means lost. Jozwiak arrived at Derby County in September from Lech Poznan, however like his new teammates at Satisfaction Park, the 23-year-old midfielder endured a season of battle with survival solely assured on the final day. The pair will purpose to steer Poland past Group E opponents Spain, Sweden and Slovakia.

Scotland

David Marshall (Derby County)

Grant Hanley (Norwich City)

Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest)

Lyndon Dykes (QPR)

In case you had requested the young Lyndon Dykes in his native Australia which international sporting competition he would possibly compete in in 2021, he would in all probability have said the Rugby League World Cup. As an alternative, he swapped an oval ball for a round one, moved to Scotland to be close to household and this season scored 12 goals as Queen Park Rangers finished ninth within the Sky Bet Championship. Scotland’s different Sky Bet EFL representatives – Derby County goalkeeper David Marshall and defenders Grant Hanley and Scott McKenna of Norwich City and Nottingham Forest, respectively – have much less glamorous back tales, however collectively they’ll hope to create history by rising from the Group Stage of an international event for the primary time.

Sweden

Pontus Jansson (Brentford)

Ken Sema (Watford)

Might the man who lifted the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final trophy at Wembley lower than a fortnight in the past presumably elevate extra silverware on the similar venue in 4 weeks’ time? Even Pontus Jansson along with his constructive outlook on football and life might not dare to dream that just but with opening Group E opponents Spain to face in Sevilla on Monday. The 30-year central defender can at the very least swap promotion tales with fellow squad member Ken Sema, whose 5 goals for Watford this season helped the Hornets to go up routinely.

Turkey

Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford)

Halil Dervisoglu might have solely played a fleeting position in Brentford’s success this season, however the young striker is the fifth member of the Bees’ EFL squad to make this summer season’s Euros. Born in Holland of Turkish parentage, he may even characteristic – more than likely as a substitute – within the event’s opening sport when Turkey take on Italy in Rome. New names emerge at each main championships. Might Dervisoglu make his over the following month?

Wales

Adam Davies (Stoke City)

Ben Cabango (Swansea City)

Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic)

Tom Lockyer (Luton City)

Chris Mepham (Bournemouth)

Connor Roberts (Swansea City)

Joe Allen (Stoke City)

David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City)

Joe Morrell (Luton City)

Jonny Williams (Cardiff City)

Harry Wilson (Liverpool, on loan at Cardiff City)

Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City)

In case you embody Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson who spent many of the season on loan at Cardiff City, Sky Bet EFL players make up half of Wales’ 26-man squad. Intriguingly, it incorporates 4 pairs of team-mates – Adam Davies and Joe Allen of Stoke City, Ben Cabango and Connor Roberts of Swansea City, Tom Lockyer and Joe Morrell of Luton City as well because the Bournemouth pairing of Chris Mepham and David Brooks. A trio of Wilson’s team-mates at Cardiff, Jonny Williams, Kieffer Moore and shock inclusion, 19-year-old Rubin Colwill, may also battle against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland in Group A. The odd man out is vastly skilled Charlton Athletic right-back Chris Gunter, a veteran of Euro 2016.

 

 

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