UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 5 English Players Who Will Impress the Most
In years past, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship has showcased the new football stars to the world. Countries send teams filled with talent players who eventually go on to make a name for themselves.
And England is no exception.
England usually sends a team with strong footballers who hope to prove themselves and earn a senior team call-up.
Here are the five English footballers who will impress the most at the Under-21 Championship in Israel and perhaps earn a spot on the senior squad soon after.
Jack Butland has earned his call-ups to the England senior squad.
Butland is one of England's most talented goalkeepers right now. And the young Stoke City player could one day be the Three Lions' No. 1, especially if Joe Hart slips up.
Stuart Pearce, the England Under-21 manager, will put a lot of pressure on Butland to perform well throughout the tournament. Butland has the ability to be the man that his manager needs him to be.
Without Butland in top form at the Under-21 Euros, England has no chance of winning. His goalkeeping skills will be hugely important for the team's success.
Steven Caulker is not a regular for Tottenham Hotspur so some casual fans may not know just how good the center back can be.
Caulker has been stalwart for Pearce and is the leader of the Under-21's back line.
The defense will need to bring their A-game if England is to be succesful in this tournament. And Caulker will be expected to hold the fort down and contribute as much as possible.
He could earn more playing time on Tottenham and England if he keeps opponents at bay throughout the tournament.
Jordan Henderson had a successful season with Liverpool in 2013, and now he will be looking to lead the Under-21 players to the title in Israel.
Henderson is the captain of the team and its undisputed leader. He has been a regular call-up for Pearce since 2010.
Although he is not depended on at Liverpool very much, he is one of the most important players for Pearce's side. His ability to control the midfield well and deliver great balls forward for his teammates will be a great help for England.
Should Henderson have a good tournament, it can prove vital for him. Roy Hodgson's midfield is not set in stone after all. So if the young Englishman performs well, he could find himself on the senior squad.
If England is to win the title, Henderson will be a huge part and could be rewarded greatly.
Tom Ince is a wanted man. Several teams have their eyes on the Blackpool player and will be looking at him carefully throughout the tournament.
Ince is a product of the Liverpool academy but left the club in 2011. He has been strongly linked with a move back to the club after having several standout performances at Blackpool, according to David Maddock of The Mirror.
Ince may not get a call-up right away to the senior squad, but he could be bought by a big club whether it be Liverpool or someone else.
For Pearce, Ince usually plays on the left wing, however he has also been employed as a striker or attacking midfielder. Ince's versatility should make him one of the biggest stars for Pearce's side if England wants to challenge for the title.
As Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing ever, Wilfried Zaha has a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
The former Crystal Palace man has numerous critics who doubt his abilities and think he is overrated. At the Under-21 Championship in Israel, Zaha can quieten some of these critics and prove himself worthy of his Manchester United's deal.
Zaha can play as a winger or a striker. But in Israel Pearce will most likely employ him on the wing as there are more players available to play up front.
The 20-year-old could become not only the start for England, but Manchester United's future star as well.