Defenders do not usually get the glory like the strikers, but they are absolutely vital for a team to be successful. At the moment there are a lot of very talented young defenders plying their trade at top clubs around the world.
Below is a rundown of 5 centre backs under 22 years old who have the potential to become world class.
After Wallace, Williams, Romagnoli and Co in week 11 we're checking back in on our chosen 60 best young players in Europe for 2015/16. If you've missed out so far, the #JF60 is our annual feature in...
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While the finals of Euro 1988 were played out in West Germany, the tournament ended up belonging to one of the great Netherlands teams of all time.
Indeed, the seemingly eternal rivalry between the two nations provided a constant backdrop to the tournament.
The eight nations to make the final stages were Italy, Denmark, Spain, England, USSR, Holland and the Republic of Ireland, along with host nation West Germany, whose fearsome side featured the likes of Lothar Matthaus and Jurgen Klinsmann.
A DISMAL MATCH AND A RAINY NIGHT BUT WEMBLEY SALUTED A STAR
It was a miserable day in London.
The warm-up to the England v Netherlands (1:2) friendly on Tuesday was anything but warm.
Tuesday in England's capital was rather a tale of relentless and at times heavy rain joined by chilling breezes, the sort of dark day where the corners of your jeans get cloyingly damp, the traffic shrieks as the lights flare through the mist and the motor noise bounces off the puddles.
Having gone off the boil for Manchester United of late, Memphis Depay is also facing criticism for his recent performances at international level too.
Depay, who has something of a reputation for his suspect attitude in his native country, failed to provide any kind of creative catalyst as the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualification campaign went tits up last week, with ex-Twente manager Co Adriaanse sticking his oar in in the aftermath.
When England take on Holland at Wembley tonight, all eyes will be on three players, who have got a big point to prove. Roy Hodgson, the England manager, was happy with his side’s 3-2 victory against Germany last week and felt his young England team can make a big impression in the European Championship finals this summer.
Congratulations are most definitely due to Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has received his first ever call-up to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 warm-up friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.
Drinkwater, 26, has put in a hell of a shift in the middle for the Foxes this season, grafting away tirelessly while the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continue to gild the lily upfront.
Wolfsburg Identify Kevin De Bruyne Replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wolfsburg have identified FC Twente Enschede attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech as the potential replacement for Kevin De Bruyne should the Belgian make his move to Manchester City, according to Dutch outlet Voetbal International.
Dutch star comments on United transfer and chat with LvG - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's number 1 target to replace David De Gea, Jasper Cillessen, has today stated that he has not received any offers for a move to Old Trafford. The Ajax goalkeeper, who starred under Louis van Gaal in the Netherland's run to the semi-finals in the World Cup finals in Brazil last year, looks like he is set to stay put in his home country.
Wijnaldum did not start for Holland against Turkey ion today's Euro 21-06 qualifier but he came on int he second half with Turkey already winning, and Turkey went on to inflict the fourth defeat on Holland in their Group and they are now in 4th place. It seems like it will now be very difficult [...]