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A fairly new award for European Championships, the Best Young Player of the Tournament award focuses on the best player under the age of 23.

While common at the World Cup, this is only the second European tournament where this award will be given out.

But, unlike the Best Player of the Tournament, getting to the final doesn’t seem to be as necessary for the Young Player award – so the World Cup tells us anyway. Since Franz Beckenbauer won it in 1966, only Kylian Mbappe [2018] was named Best Young Player of the Tournament and saw their country make the final.

That’s once in the last 13 World Cup tournaments. Renato Sanches, the winner at Euro 2016, lifted the trophy with Portugal but we don’t have to worry a great deal about trying to pick a player for a team who may go the distance.

Sanches featured in all-but-one of Portugal’s games en route to success in 2016. From the round of 16 onwards, he became a starter in the side so it’s not vital that someone plays every single minute of the tournament to win this award. However, it does help if they are a regular.

Who will win the Young Player award at Euro 2020?

Leading the pack on the list going into the Euro 2020 tournament is Man. City midfielder – Phil Foden who is likely to bring his talent at the disposal of the Three Lions.

He leads the way for the genuinely talented crop of England players and there isn’t a young player better than him in Europe currently. Foden’s City season finished with 16 goals and 10 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions and that number should only grow in 2021/22.

The midfielder comes into the tournament on the back of making the Champions League Team of the Season and won individual accolades with England under-17s in 2017. He was named man of the match in City’s 2020 Carabao Cup final success over Aston Villa too.

Battling Foden for top spot could be his England teammate and 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final rival – Mason Mount as well as Jamal Musiala, Dejan Kulusevski, Moise Kean, Joao Felix, Ryan Gravenberch, and Dominik Szoboszlai.

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