Italy's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during his team's international friendly soccer match against Russia ahead of Euro 2012, in Zurich, June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) Picture Supplied by Action Images France's midfielder Yohan Cabaye poses on May 30, 2012, in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, as part of the team preparation for the Euro 2012 championships. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE - CORRECTION NAME - (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages) Jun 20, 2009; Mangaung/Bloemfontein, SOUTH AFRICA; Fernando Llorente (16) of Spain advances the ball against South Africa during a group A match against in the 2009 Confederations Cup at Free State Stadium. Spain defeated South Africa 2-0. Mandatory Credit:Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, competes for the ball with Belgium's Marouane Fellaini during the international friendly soccer match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday, June 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, England
He can't start for his club, but he may for his country. Speed is his asset, lack of poise in front of goal, his curse. England needs his pace, but this tournament may be coming too early for him to truly shine.
Mario Gotze, Germany
One of a bevy of emerging Dortmund stars, this teenager made a splash as an 18-year old regular. Is he ready now to join the German international elite?
Luuk de Jong, Netherlands
Thirty-nine goals in 76 matches in the top Dutch division has this striker one of the sought-after summer transfer prizes. If he can squeeze into a packed Holland attack this month he'll only increase his value.
Nikica Jelavic, Croatia
Jelavic’s move to Everton allowed him to demonstrate that he could score goals in something tougher than the Scottish Premier League. A natural striker with a gift for finding space, he should be a handful for defenders.
Fernando Llorente, Spain
Broke into the European spotlight this season as he led Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League final. Needs only a clearly-defined role in Spain's attack to take the next step toward international acclaim.
Igor Akinfeev, Russia
Maybe the most under-valued keeper in Europe, Akinfeev can be a match-winner for his country. Still just 26, he is already a veteran of high level games, noted for an ability to make crucial decisions correctly. However, there is a slight concern over fluid on his knee.
Jakub Blaszczykowski, Poland
Doesn't have to score goals to dominate games as he is the type of midfielder around whom the match seems to swing. Partners two other Dortmund mates in the Polish set-up.
Mario Balotelli, Italy
Love him or hate him, the controversial forward is undoubtedly gifted in front of goal. While he's hardly dependable, he is capable of something very special in the area.
James McClean, Republic of Ireland
Perfect fit for the Irish style, a hard-running, never-quit forward/midfielder whose versatility is matched by his passion. A revelation for Sunderland this year.
Theodor Gebre Selassie, Czech Republic
The Czechs' requirement to improve defensively may depend on how well this 25-year old back of Ethiopian-Czech parentage can handle the high-level game.
Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark
An enigma at Arsenal, seemingly more relaxed at Sunderland, Bendtner arrives at Euro as the man under huge pressure to produce for his country. The best of Bendtner could make the Danes a surprise package in the toughest group of the tournament.
Yohan Cabaye, France
An emerging star in the Newcastle team last season, midfielder Cabaye now must prove he can be as effective creating chances at international level. He's no longer unknown, which means he will be tightly marked.