8 potential stars to watch out for at the European Under-21s

Beyond the household names, here are eight young players tipped by us to be the stars of this month's tournament...

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Ever since the European Under-21 Championship was established in 1978, it has been one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Emre Can and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen are among the talented prospects who will be involved in the 2015 edition in the Czech Republic, but here are eight participants lesser-known to English audiences that are worth keeping an eye on.

Domenico Berardi (Italy)

The Juventus-owned striker, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Sassuolo and is still awaiting his Bianconeri debut, is one of the most exciting youngsters in the Italian game.

Fifteen goals in 32 Serie A appearances for a mid-table side in 2014/15 was evidence of his predatory instincts, while 10 assists showed he is far more than just a pure goalscorer.

Drawn alongside England and Portugal – two of the three pre-tournament favourites – in Group B, Luigi Di Biagio’s side will need Berardi to be at his sharpshooting best if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

Domenico Berardi will be leading the line for Italy.

Domenico Berardi will be leading the line for Italy.