Euro 2016 Qualifiers: The Key Players

International fortnight brings players from rival clubs together, and can force some surprising teams into the limelight after a few inspired performances. We focus on a few of the players pushing their team-mates on to greater things, in the surprise packages from Euro 2016 Qualifying so far.

Czech Republic: Tomas Rosicky

The Arsenal playmaker, now 34, is still a key part of the Czech side that threatens to dump Holland out of Euro 2016, standing as it does with a perfect 12 points from 4 games in Group A.

Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson

"Siggy", as he is known to some fans of his current club Swansea City, is a legend in Iceland, and is his team's principal goal threat. The tiny Nordic nation beat Holland 2-0 at home, and is currently second in Group A with 9 points from 4 games.

Wales: Gareth Bale

Whatever the pressure Bale experiences at Real Madrid, Wales will always love him. This video shows how the once-gawky Southampton left-back has risen to become the barrel-chested, lantern-jawed saviour of Wales on many occasions, usually playing up front. Thanks to his talismanic influence, Wales have 8 points, and are second in Group B.

Poland: Robert Lewandowski

The first video under the Pole's name on YouTube is entitled "Robert Lewandowski Picks Up Girls", but enough of that. What WE'RE interested in is Lewandowski's propensity for guiding his national side through the most difficult of games, the perfect fast, physical striker, and a great player for both Bayern Munich and his birthplace. Poland currently head Germany at the top of Group D, with 10 points from a possible 12.

Croatia: Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic moved to Atletico Madrid in the summer as Bayern made room for Lewandowski, but he's continued his goal-getting feats for both club and country, as shown here. Mandzukic is a big reason why Croatia are level with Italy at the top of Group H.

picture courtesy of gurufans.com

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