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Ginola’s six of the best

Posted on 10 June 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

David Ginola takes a look at six players who could steal the show in Euro2000.

ENGLAND - Paul Scholes
I like him very much and he can be a real hero for England in midfield. Kevin Keegan says that the Manchester United star "drops hand-grenades" on the opposition, and I think he could well prove to be England's secret weapon, popping up to score vital goals throughout the tournament.

FRANCE - Thierry Henry
This could be the European Championship of Henry. He was in great form for Arsenal in the second half of the season and this could be the tournament in which he is a revelation for France. He was scoring goals for fun to help the Gunners clinch the runners-up spot in the Premiership, and his pace and skills will make him a handful for any opponent.

ITALY - Alessandro Del Piero
The Juventus striker will be aiming to prove he is back to his best following the disappointment of France 1998, and I am looking forward to seeing him perform. The successor to Roberto Baggio, his career was halted in 1998 by knee ligament damage. He effectively cost former coach Cesare Maldini his job when he played an unfit Del Piero in the World Cup finals, so he will hungry to add to the 10 goals he has already scored for his country.

HOLLAND - Edgar Davids
The man they call the "Pit Bull" was sent home after two games of Euro 96 after he criticised coach Guus Hiddink. But, following two years in the wilderness the Juventus midfielder returned and has become Holland's biggest influence. He is my kind of player because of his tremendous skills, and if I was a manager he is one player I would like in my team.

SPAIN - Raul
This is a player who really excites me. The experienced Real Madrid forward has an impressive strike-rate of a goal every other game for his country. His record speaks for itself. He came to prominence during the 1995-96 Champions' League campaign and won Spain's Player of the Year award in 1997 after scoring 21 goals in 42 games. He topped that in the 1998-99 season when he broke his personal record with 25 goals. With players like Raul in their ranks, the Spaniard's will be very tough to beat, especially as they are in confident mood after the way their teams performed in the European Cup last season.

PORTUGAL - Luis Figo
Another player who excites me. The Barcelona winger can operate on either flank, though his left foot is his strongest. He has experience of tournament football from an early age, as he was a member of Portugal's 1991 World Youth Cup-winning side. He is the kind of striker I would like to have in my team if I was a manager.