Euro 2020 is very nearly upon us, as 24 of Europe’s best and brightest international teams (and Scotland) get ready to go head to head with one shared goal in mind: European glory.
Some of the best players on the planet will do battle all over the continent, and what good would that be if we couldn’t come together and squabble over who is better than who?
24 teams will take part in 11 host cities spanning the breadth of Europe, and 90min have selected the definitive best XI.
The 35-year-old may not have too many more major tournaments left in him, but with Marc-Andre ter Stegen out with injury, he will be more important to Germany than ever at this summer’s tournament.
The captain comes in off the back of another formidable season with Bayern Munich and will be key to any hopes Germany have in Joachim Low’s final competition in charge.
It remains to be seen where Kimmich will start for Germany, given he is genuinely world class at both right-back and central midfield, but the depth of quality available in the middle of the park means he has to settle for a spot in the back line here.
Wherever he plays, though, he will be one of Germany’s primary creative threats. You could stick him in goal and he’d get a few assists.
Poassibly the best centre-back in the world at the moment, 90min‘s Player of the Season enjoyed a stunning debut at Manchester City, marshalling them to a league title and a Champions League final in his first season in the Premier League.
His leadership and imposing presence is at the heart of everything for his club and his country and even after 53 games for City last season, he is unlikely to miss a minute at the Euros.
The baby-faced wonder really struggled at Juventus last season, and hasn’t quite hit the heights expected of him since his 2019 move from Ajax. But who can blame him for that, given how turbulent things have been in Turin?
With everyone fit, it would likely be his national teammate Virgil van Dijk who gets in here, but De Ligt remains one of the top central defenders on the planet and will be critical to his country’s hopes.
Scotland are back, baby!
And leading them out at Hampden and Wembley will of course be Andy Robertson, who is the best left-back in the world and no-one can tell me otherwise.
Despite Liverpool’s struggles last term, Robertson was a consistent performer all throughout the campaign, and his lung-bursting assist against the Netherlands in one of Scotland’s warmup friendlies suggests he is in the mood for their return to the big stage; which he says will be the proudest moment of his life.
Is there any debate to be had, or do we all agree Kante is now one of the best midfielders ever?
Good, motion passed.
Chelsea’s Champions League win saw the loveable little Frenchman get his hands on yet another trophy, and he is one of the world champions’ most important players as they prepare for the group of death with Portugal and Germany.
De Bruyne has such an incredible influence over whatever team he plays in – be that Man City or the Red Devils.
He’s in the Belgium squad despite suffering an injury in the Champions League final and Roberto Martinez has confirmed he is back in training, so expect him to feature at some stage in what Belgium hope will be a triumphant group campaign.
It’s difficult to measure Bruno’s impact since arriving at Manchester United, so it will have to suffice to say it has been very, very big.
He is possibly the only midfielder in the Premier League who can rival De Bruyne for chance creation and after a certain Cristiano Ronaldo hangs up his boots, he will surely take on the mantle of Portugal’s most influential player.
Two goals and an assist against Israel in their final warmup friendly got Fernandes in the mood for the Euros, and having missed out on their glorious 2016 campaign, he will be desperate to help write another chapter in Portuguese football history.
Just the 42 goals and 11 assists for Mbappe in the PSG team last season.
Safe to say the 22-year-old is in decent form as he looks to add to the 12 (!!!) trophies he has already racked up for club and country.
You look through the Poland team and there isn’t too much to fear…and then you get to Robert Lewandowski.
Put simply, you could put him on the pitch with ten of 90min‘s writers and editors and he would probably drag us through the group stage. The man is a phenom.
He outscored Messi and Ronaldo last season (48 goals in 40 games, yes that is the right way around). There can’t be much doubt he is the best pure striker on earth, in the galaxy or anywhere within the observable universe.
Alright, he’s not what he used to be, but Ronaldo is still very, very good.
He scored 36 goals last term despite Juventus’ struggles, and while it might not be his last dance quite yet (he’s 36 but he’s also a freak of nature so who knows), he will be desperate to get his hands on some more international silverware.
And of course, you want the full XI in a graphic, don’t you?
Of course you do.