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Euro Under-21 Team of the Round: Italy, Netherlands & Spain dominate

Euro Under-21 Team of the Round: Italy, Netherlands & Spain dominate

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The three sides won again on Matchday Two to continue their 100 per cent records in the tournament as their players make up the majority of our XI

The Euro Under-21 Championship continues in Israel, with Italy defeating the hosts, Norway knocking out England, Spain edging past Germany and the Netherlands smashing five past Russia in the second round of games.

Once again, a number of players seized the opportunity to impress the watching continent in a summer with only this tournament and the Confederations Cup to capture football fans' attention.

Here is Goal's Euro Under-21 championship team of Matchday Two, selected in a 4-2-3-1 formation:

GOALKEEPER
FRANCESCO BARDI
ITALY

Italy may have played weak opposition in England and Israel in their two games so far, but goalkeeper Francesco Bardi and his defence have proven very difficult to break down. The shot-stopper was not beaten by the competition hosts this time around, building on an impressive performance in the first game.

DEFENCE
MARTIN MONTOYA STEFAN DE VRIJ
MATTEO BIANCHETTI CRISTIANO BIRAGHI
SPAIN NETHERLANDS ITALY ITALY

Prior to the tournament much of the talk in the Spain camp was about the progress of Dani Carvajal, but given the form of Clasico rival stopper Martin Montoya, it is hard to see how he will break into the team. The Barcelona defender has been a key part of the holders' two consecutive clean sheets, providing an excellent balance between defence and attack at full-back.

Stefan de Vrij was tipped as one of the starlets to watch at this tournament and his performance against Russia was certainly a step up after the Netherlands were put under severe pressure by Germany on Matchday One. The Feyenoord defender organised the defence impressively to allow the more advanced players to knock in five goals.

Italy duo Matteo Bianchetti (centre-back) and Cristiano Biraghi (left-back) were excellent in Italy's defensive effort against Israel on Matchday Two. The goalkeeper and back four may not contain household names, but they are looking like an extremely impressive unit based on their fixtures so far.

MIDFIELD
ALESSANDRO FLORENZI
THIAGO
ITALY SPAIN
GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM
MAGNUS WOLFF EIKREM OLA JOHN
NETHERLANDS
NORWAY NETHERLANDS

Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi was inspirational at the heart of Italy's midfield in their comprehensive win over Israel. An excellent all-round performance was capped off in style when he broke into the box to calmly score his side's fourth goal late on.

In-demand midfielder Thiago is one of the biggest names at this year's tournament and he was once again in impressive form for Spain. Playing in a deeper role than he may be accustomed to at Barcelona, he dictated play with a magnificent range of passing and only the woodwork denied him a goal.

Georginio Wijnaldum is the only player who has made it into the Team of the Round for both of the matchdays in the competition to date. In the first game he scored after a magnificent solo run, while this time around it was a strike from distance against Russia as part of a menacing display which put his side on the road to victory.

On the other flank for the Netherlands is Benfica winger Ola John. He ended with a goal - which was an exquisite finish - and an assist for his 90 minutes' work as 10-man Russia were put to the sword.

In between the Dutch threats is Norway starlet Magnus Wolff Eikrem. The attacking midfielder was once on the books at Manchester United and would have enjoyed putting England out of the tournament. His goal - Norway's third - was an unstoppable strike past Jack Butland.

ATTACK
MANOLO GABBIADINI
ITALY


Linking up superbly in attack alongside Ciro Immobile, Manolo Gabbiadini ensured hosts Israel endured a torrid time as the Italians romped to victory.

The 21-year-old scored a goal in each half, the first a low strike from the edge of the box and the second a powerful free-kick drilled into the bottom corner to see him make our selection up-front ahead of Netherlands' Luuk de Jong.

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