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UEFA Nations League ones to watch: Leroy Sane, Jadon Sancho and Eden Hazard

UEFA Nations League ones to watch: Leroy Sane, Jadon Sancho and Eden Hazard

Some of the world’s best players are set to strut their stuff in front of the Sky Sports cameras – but who should you be looking out for in the Nations League?

The newly-founded UEFA Nations League returns on Thursday, with 55 European nations competing in four leagues and all home nations games shown live on Sky Sports.

There will be some blockbuster games to look forward to, including Spain v England, France v Germany and Poland v Italy.

We take a look at some of the players that are likely to shine….

England – Jadon Sancho


It was all eyes on Jadon Sancho at St George's Park on Tuesday as the 18-year-old trained with the England senior squad following his first call-up

Just over a year after deciding to leave Manchester City and Pep Guardiola for Borussia Dortmund, Sancho finds himself already thrust into the England senior squad picture. His inclusion adds a real excitement to what should be an informative period of games for Gareth Southgate’s men, who travel to play Croatia and Spain.

With a few injuries and lack of creative options in midfield, Southgate has decided to fast-track the 18-year-old straight to the top table. Sancho has yet to make an appearance for England U21s.

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October 13, 2018, 7:00am

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The winger has set up six league goals for Dortmund this season, including one in the 4-3 win over Augsburg where he made his first start of the campaign and played the full 90 minutes.

Friday: Croatia v England (7.45, live on Sky Sports Football & Main Event)

Monday: Spain v England (7.45, live on Sky Sports Football & Main Event)

Belgium – Eden Hazard

The Chelsea star has started the season like a player motivated to become the best in the world. He isn’t far off that level on current form.

So far this season, Hazard has attempted and completed the most dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League and also had added goals to his game. He heads to the national team as the Premier League top scorer, having scored seven goals in his six starts this season – a record Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku will surely be envious of.

Hazard is just as important for country as he is club, as shown by his record of being directly involved in 28 goals in his last 27 matches for Belgium in all competitions.

Friday: Belgium v Switzerland (7.45, live on Sky Sports digital platforms & Red Button)

Croatia – Luka Modric

The man that tormented England in the World Cup semi-final this summer was named the world’s best male player at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London last month. Modric was also awarded the Golden Ball at the World Cup – the award for the best player of the tournament.

The Real Madrid star beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the FIFA Best award as he got some well-deserved recognition after years of taking a back seat at the top table of award ceremonies. However, Madrid’s form has been uncharacteristically wobbly in La Liga this season, with suggestions that Modric may be suffering from a bit of fatigue following a hectic few months. He was overrun badly, too, for Croatia’s shock 6-0 defeat to Spain in their Nations League opener. Is he burnt out? England will be hoping so.

Friday: Croatia v England (7.45, live on Sky Sports Football & Main Event)

Poland – Krzysztof Piatek

Who? Well, he’s been dubbed the ‘new Robert Lewandowski’ by some and is reportedly being watched by Barcelona.

His move to Serie A side Genoa in June didn’t exact set pulses racing around the world, however, 13 goals in first eight games for his new club have made people sit up and take notice of his striking talents.

The striker also has become the first player to score in each of the first seven matches of a Serie A season since Gabriel Batistuta did so in 1994.

Cut from the Poland squad ahead of the World Cup, manager Jerzy Brzeczek handed him a long-overdue debut off the bench against Republic of Ireland in September. Surely, it’s time for him to make his full-debut.

Thursday: Poland v Portugal (7.45, live on Sky Sports digital platforms & Red Button)

Sunday: Poland v Italy (7.45, live on Sky Sports Football)

Germany – Leroy Sane

The Manchester City winger was sensationally left out of Germany’s World Cup squad but is back in the fold now and will be keen on getting some minutes under his belt. It’s been a stop-start period for the richly talented speedster.

The 21-year-old failed to start any of City’s first four games this season – and was dropped from the squad against Newcastle reportedly due to concerns about his attitude. Joachim Low, Guardiola and international team-mate Toni Kroos have all questioned Sane’s mentality at some point this season but he’s certainly performing on the pitch. After starring against Hoffenheim in the Champions League, he came off the bench to win the penalty that was missed by Riyad Mahrez for City against Liverpool.

Saturday: Netherlands v Germany (7.45, live on Sky Sports Mix)

Tuesday: France v Germany (7.45, live on Sky Sports Football)

Iceland – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton are finally seeing the best of Sigurdsson since he’s been given the freedom to roam in the No 10 role. A position he takes up for Iceland. The Toffees talisman secured a 2-1 win at Leicester with a goal-of-the-season contender – his fourth league goal in as many games. His country will be hoping he can translate that form to the international stage – they could certainly do with a pick-me-up.

Since drawing with Argentina in their World Cup opener, Sigurdsson’s men have lost four on the trot, scoring just once. A 6-0 defeat to Switzerland was followed by a 3-0 loss to Belgium in their opening Nations League matches.

Monday: Iceland v Switzerland (7.45, live on Sky Sports digital platforms & Red Button)

Wales – David Brooks

With Gareth Bale a major doubt for both Wales’ games over the next week, there will be a focus on the creative talents to come from elsewhere. The in-form Bournemouth man has it in his locker to provide that Bale-type spark that this Welsh team will need, especially against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

Wales vs Spain

October 11, 2018, 7:30pm

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The 21-year-old has looked very much at home in the Premier League for Bournemouth since taking the step up from Sheffield United. Against Watford on Saturday, he netted his second goal in succession as the Cherries attacked with great fluidity and pace. Wales have a similar philosophy under Ryan Giggs. And, Brooks was a key man when they tore past Martin O’Neill’s side in a 4-1 thrashing last month.

Thursday: Wales v Spain (7.45, live on Sky Sports Main Event)

Tuesday: Republic of Ireland v Wales (7.45, live on Sky Sports Main Event)

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