The European Championships' expansion to a 24-team tournament has a multitude of effects -- one is that it effectively gives the major countries a free pass. Therefore, managers have more license to experiment and evolve their side with significantly less risk of failure.
Here are five fine talents still attempting to break into their country's first-choice XI -- what chance do they have of overhauling more established names?
1. Marco Verratti, Italy
By this stage, we expected Verratti to be Italy's...
NYON, Switzerland -- Spain's national team will pay tribute to the victims of the French Alps plane crash at its European Championship qualifying match on Friday.
Spain's government has said at least 51 Spaniards were among the 150 victims in Tuesday's crash.
UEFA says it approved the Spanish federation's request "for a minute's silence and black armbands to be worn."
Spain, the Euro 2012 champion, hosts Ukraine in Seville.
Germany held a minute's silence...
Vicente del Bosque has confirmed that Juventus forward Alvaro Morata is set to play in Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine on Friday.
Morata, 22, has impressed for the Serie A champions since signing from Real Madrid last summer, and scored in both legs of Juve's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund to reach the quarterfinals.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has withdrawn from Del Bosque's squad through injury, meaning Morata -- who has two international caps -- is likely...
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has warned his players to expect a stern test in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine in Seville.
The European champions have not lost a competitive game at home since June 2003, but would be making a mistake if they took Ukraine lightly when the two sides square off at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Spain are second in Group C, three points behind pool leaders Slovakia and just ahead of Ukraine on goal difference.
``Ukraine is a strong team,'' Del Bosque told the...