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UEFA Women's Euro 2017: Ones to Watch

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Sports Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017
The UEFA Women’s European Championships kick off in the Netherlands on July 16. The sixteen-team tournament sees holders Germany aiming to defend their title against the likes of France, England and Sweden, so here’s a list of the players you need to look out for.

Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden

Only Germany, England and France are ranked higher than the Swedes, but if the the side are going to go deep into the tournament then plenty will depend on their 34-year-old goalkeeper, arguably the best in her position in the world today. Lindahl – whose father was also a footballer – signed for English side Chelsea in 2015, providing the platform for their FA Cup and WSL titles that season.

Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands

The hosts are in a tricky group, with it looking likely that they’ll be battling with Norway and Denmark to make the knock-out stages. Striker Miedema, who recently signed for Arsenal, is one of the hottest prospects in the game today. At 20, she already has 48 caps for her country, and in her last season for Bayern Munich managed 14 goals in 22 games. She is very quick and blessed with exceptional technique.

Wendie Renard, France

If anyone is going to stop Germany winning yet another title, France look the best bet. Centre back Renard, who also captains the side, is the player the team is built around, organising from the back and pitching in with plenty of goals. Her height (6ft 1in/1.8m) means that she is essential in defending crosses, but also a constant threat from attacking set pieces.

Izzy Christiansen, England

Among the stalwarts of the English side (Fara Williams, Karen Carney, Jill Scott et al), Christiansen is a relative newcomer to Mark Sampson’s side. The Manchester City midfielder only made her international debut in the qualifying for this tournament, in which she scored, and has been a key player ever since.

Dzsenifer Marozsán, Germany

The Germans are one of the favourites, having won the last five Euros, and Marozsán will skipper them in 2017. This side, however, is far younger than previous incarnations, so will rely on the likes of central midfielder Marozsán to add the experience. She contributes heavily to their goal tally and earned the Player of the Year title for her club side, Olympique Lyon, for the 2016/17 season.

Melania Gabbiadini, Italy

Although she can play out wide, Gabbiadini is better utilised as a striker, and has 44 goals to her name for her country. Italy face a battle progressing from their group with Germany and Sweden probably the favourites to go through. Last year she was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame and if her name sounds familiar to Southampton fans, it’s because her brother Manolo leads the line for the Saints – that’s a lot of goals in one family.

Groups:

Group A: Netherlands (hosts), Norway, Denmark, Belgium
Group B: Germany (holders), Sweden, Italy, Russia
Group C: France, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland
Group D: England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal

For information on fixtures and tickets, head to UEFA.