MATCH checks out all the latest stories ahead of the European Championship taking place this summer!


On paper, Spain have some of the best midfielders in the world, but their boss Luis Enrique can’t pick all of them! We’ve been checking out his epic options to try to work out who’ll be starring in this summer’s side…

Sergio Busquets

If he’s selected, this will be the Barcelona baller’s sixth major tournament! He’s got a good relationship with Luis Enrique from their time at Barca together, but his legs are a year older after the tournament was postponed – and that could see him suffer!

MATCH Verdict: On the bench


If the tourno had happened last season, we reckon Thiago would’ve been a guaranteed starter off the back of a sick season with Bayern Munich! He hasn’t had such a great campaign at Liverpool, which could see him fall out of the Spain XI!

MATCH Verdict: On the bench


Koke is one of the most consistent players in La Liga, bur he’s struggled to be consistently picked for his nation! He tends to be a player that comes off the bench and helps sees matches out, rather than starting and playing a full 90 minutes!

MATCH Verdict: On the bench

Saul Niguez

If Enrique does choose to use Busquets as the midfield anchor, we could see him also selecting Saul – the all-action midfielder is one of the most energetic players in Europe’s top five leagues! He combines an incredible stamina with top-quality ball control!

MATCH Verdict: On the bench

Marcos Llorente

The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been one of La Liga’s standout stars this season! He provided 16 goals and assists combined from his first 25 league matches in 2020-21, proving that he can be really dangerous as an attacking midfielder!

MATCH Verdict: In the team

Fabian Ruiz

Napoli’s midfield general is another player who combines epic energy with skill and technique! His ability to turn away from a defender in tight spaces makes him a great asset for passing out from the back, but he does most of his damager further forward!

MATCH Verdict: In the team



The Juve striker is great at holding up the ball and is the fave to lead the line!


No Spanish player has scored more La Liga goals than Moreno this season!


Rodrigo was used loads by Enrique in qualifying, but is struggling at Leeds!


The forward can play anywhere across the front line, including as a false nine!


He hasn’t played for Spain since 2019, but is having another wicked season!