There will be no shortage of stars at this summer's European Championship, with a multitude of the world's best players from Europe's top leagues sharing the same stage over one month of scintillating action.
However, while most eyes will be on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Gerard Pique and Gianluigi Buffon, major tournaments tend to provide the perfect stage for emerging talents to showcase their abilities.
Here, we take a look at 15 players we think could make an impact at Euro 2012.
*Selection criteria: Players selected must be no older than 23 and have earned less than 25 caps, with the exception of Sweden, the youngest player for whom is 24 years old.
Poland: Wojciech Szczesny (No qualifying record)
While expectations remain reserved for the co-hosts, they have been handed a favourable draw by being grouped with Greece, Russia and Czech Republic.
Franciszek Smuda's charges' biggest strength will be up front, where one of Europe's most-dangerous strikers this season, Robert Lewandowski, will be ably supported down the flanks by Jakub Blaszczykowski and Maciej Rybus.
It is at the back where Poland look slightly more suspect, which makes Szczesny's presence all the more important. Following lame attempts by Artur Boruc and Tomasz Kuszczak to replace Jerzy Dudek when he retired from international football in 2009, the Arsenal custodian's emergence means there is now an authoritative figure to marshal the Polish backline.
Greece: Giannis Fetfatzidis (Qualifying record - 6 games, 2 goals)
While Greece have never enjoyed a golden generation of players emerging at the same time, they have consistently been producing the odd talented youngster every couple of seasons,
Kyriakos Papadopoulos was one such player, graduating from the Olympiacos youth ranks to make his professional debut at the age of 15, before earning a move to Bundesliga side Schalke where he he since further enhanced his growing reputation.
Fetfatzidis could be the next to follow in his footsteps and although he only made his debut at 19, he has shown a similar amount of talent and has already been labelled "the Greek Messi". His best game for Greece so far came in the 3-1 qualifying win over Malta when he scored their second and third goals.
Russia: Alan Dzagoev (Qualifying record - 8 games, 4 goals)
Dzagoev is one of the more experienced players on the list, having racked up over 150 appearances for CSKA Moscow since making his debut in 2008, which is perhaps testament to what a talent he actually was when he broke into the Russian football scene.
Still only 21, the silky playmaker is regarded as key to Russia's future prospects and was described as "a clever player with the ability to make a killer pass and stretch the play" by Guus Hiddink, the coach who handed him his first cap.
Czech Republic: Vaclav Pilar (Qualifying record - 3 games, 1 goal)
Despite only making his international debut at last year's Kirin Cup, Pilar has done enough over the last 12 months to justify a spot in Michal Bilek's 23-man squad.
The 23-year-old is unlikely to play from the start given the Czechs still have plenty of faith in Jaroslav Plasil and Jan Rezek. However, Pilar could be a good option to have on the bench, especially considering Bilek's side don't have the most fearsome of strikers, and has already agreed a deal to play for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga next season.
Holland: Luuk de Jong (Qualifying record - 2 games, 1 goal)
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has not been afraid to give youngsters a chance since taking charge of the national team in 2008, and while he has the likes of Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt to lead his attack, De Jong is definitely not there just to make up the numbers.
His inclusion will hand the 21-year-old the invaluable experience of playing at a major tournament but should the need arise, Van Marwijk will be unafraid to throw him into the fray.
Despite Van Persie's goalscoring exploits this season, he is still seen as best utilised playing in a withdrawn role for Oranje. And while Huntelaar's recent performances for Schalke warrant a starting berth, Kuyt's lack of game-time could just see De Jong overtake him as the Dutch's third-choice striker.
Denmark: Christian Eriksen (Qualifying record - 8 games, 1 goal)
When clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool have regularly been linked with a move for a player, you know he has outstanding ability.
And considering Eriksen has two Eredivisie titles with Ajax to his name and won both the Johan Cruyff Award and the Danish Football Player for the Year in 2011, interest from Europe's finest sides is completely understandable.
The 20-year-old just seems to get better with every game and while Dutch star Wesley Sneijder has already advised him to stay at the Amsterdam ArenA for at least another season, a strong performance at Euro 2012 could see a couple of irresistible offers thrown his direction.
Germany: Mats Hummels (Qualifying record - 4 games, 0 goals)
While the Germans have always been a strong tournament side, the one thing that really impressed in their third-place showing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup was the brand of attacking football they played - something has never been synonymous with Die Mannschaft.
A large factor that contributed to that was the injection of youth in the side by coach Joachim Low, handing key roles to the likes of Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil. His promotion of youth continued throughout the Euro 2012 qualifiers as the likes of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus came to the fore, but it is perhaps the introduction of Hummels that has been most important.
With Arne Friedrich no longer viewed capable of playing a part at international level, Hummels seamlessly took over at the back, bringing a ball-playing quality to the German backline. Although Per Mertesacker could have something to say about it, Hummels and Holger Badstuber look set to be Low's first-choice central defensive partnership for the future.
Portugal: Nelson Oliveira (Qualifying record - 0 games)
The one thing that has constantly held Portugal back from international glory has been their strange inability to produce a world-class striker. Even more famous names like Nuno Gomes and Pauleta have never been classified in that bracket, meaning for all the chances the talented Portuguese midfield create, there's just no one to stick the ball into the back of the net.
Coach Paulo Bento will be hoping the trend ends with Oliveira, who played a pivotal role at the last U-20 World Cup where Portugal finished runners-up. The 20-year-old has impressed in bursts with Benfica this season and could be given a real chance to shine this summer.
Spain: Jordi Alba (Qualifying record - 1 game, 0 goals)
Despite being reigning world and European champions, the only position Spain don't have a world-class player in is at left-back, although all that is set to change with the emergence of Alba.
The 60 caps Joan Capdevila earned was more due to the lack of quality left-sided defenders in Spain rather than his own capability but in Alba, Vicente Del Bosque now has a man to call upon who is equally as impressive going forward as he is at the back.
Thanks to an injury to Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos is likely to partner Gerard Pique in the heart of defence, which will see Alvaro Arbeloa fight it out with Juanfran for the right-back spot. If that proves to be the case, pencil Alba in at left-back in Spain's opening game against Italy on June 10.
Italy: Mario Balotelli (Qualifying record - 2 games, 0 goals)
It has been a season to remember for Balotelli as he helped Manchester City to their first Barclays Premier League title in 44 years.
And having just played a key role for his club, the volatile forward could do the same for his country this summer, especially considering Giuseppe Rossi has been ruled out by injury, Antonio Cassano has only just returned from heart surgery and Giampaolo Pazzini has struggled for form.
Italy's striking woes could also see Cesare Prandelli give a chance to Pablo Osvaldo and Antonio Di Natale, but given the faith he has shown Balotelli in the past, it appears the City star will have a key role to play for the Azzurri in Poland and Ukraine.
Republic of Ireland: James McClean (Qualifying record - 0 games)
Not many are fancying the Irish to make an impact at Euro 2012 but given the players Giovanni Trapattoni has at his disposal, they could just give a few teams a good run for their money.
With a humble but capable array of strikers to call upon, including Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle, Ireland will be most dangerous as long as they can create a steady flow of chances.
And in McClean, they have a traditional left-winger who has terrorised some of the best full-backs in the Premier League this season.
Ukraine: Yaroslav Rakitskiy (No qualifying record)
Last summer, Rakitskiy was representing his country at the UEFA U-21 Championship, where he went on to earn a place in the Team of the Tournament.
12 months on, the rampaging full-back looks set to take the next step in his fledgling career by represting Ukraine at Euro 2012, and will offer them plenty of pace and width down the right.
The 22-year-old was impressive in Shakhtar Donetsk's run to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals last season, where they ultimately fell to eventual champions Barcelona.
Sweden: Emir Bajrami (Qualifying record - 6 games, 1 goal)
The fleet-footed left winger is one of the best dribblers in the Sweden side but a drop in form for club side Twente has seen him lose his spot in Erik Hamren's starting XI.
With Sebastian Larsson assured of a starting berth on the right-side of midfield, Bajrami will be vying with Rasmus Elm and veteran Christian Wilhelmsson for the other wing berth.
France: Yann M'Vila (Qualifying record - 8 games, 1 goal)
Still only 21, M'Vila is the latest in a long line of talented anchormans France have produced in recent years, following in the footsteps of Claude Makelele, Lassana Diarra and Alou Diarra.
The Rennes star not only wins the ball well for Les Bleus with his tough and uncompromising nature, but also distributes it well and is heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer.
England: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Qualifying record - 0 games)
England have already once made the mistake of bringing a prodigious talent to a major tournament, only to leave him on the bench throughout the whole campaign.
But unlike Sven-Goran Eriksson with Theo Walcott at the 2006 World Cup, Roy Hodgson should call on the services of Oxlade-Chamberlain, especially if things don't go according to plan.
The pacy Arsenal winger plays with absolutely no fear, and regardless of how famous a player he is up against, he only has one thing on his mind - to beat his man and either whip in a cross or drive into the box.
Hodgson has displayed great faith in picking the 18-year-old in the Three Lions squad. Now it's time to use him when the opportunity arises.