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Five promising stars set for international call-ups this month

| 04.03.2015

Across Europe’s top-flight divisions, many promising young talents have emerged this season, earning potential senior international call-ups for their respective countries.

With vital Euro 2016 qualifiers coming up this month, along with exciting international friendlies, national team managers will be keen to seek out some fresh prospects in a bid to bolster their squads.

Coral football writers have picked out five upcoming stars that could possibly earn their international debuts in the coming weeks. Do you agree with our selections?

Harry Kane
Tottenham, 13/2 with Coral to finish in the top four, were boosted this season after their clinical centre forward catapulted himself into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans, sensationally hitting a Europa League hat-trick to cement a spot in the Spurs starting line-up.

In-form Kane has been unstoppable since his rampant rise to prominence, firing in an incredible 24 goals already this season, including match winning Premier League braces against both Arsenal and Chelsea.

The ferocious finisher has gained the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson with his dominant displays, with the national team boss recently declaring that Kane would feature in his upcoming Three Lions squad for a qualifier clash with Lithuania and friendly in Italy.

Watch Kane clinically dispatch a brilliant brace in the North London derby to overcome Arsenal:

Lucas Silva
The Brazilian defensive midfielder signed for Champions League holders Real Madrid during this year’s January transfer window, and he has recently began to show his true potential at the Bernabeu.

Former Cruzeiro midfield maestro Silva, who cost a reported £9.7m, has played in the Galacticos’ last four games, including a Champions League triumph over German outfit Schalke.

The 23-year-old is relishing his central role alongside World Cup winning midfielder Toni Kroos, playing a key part in his side’s recent climb to the summit of the Spanish league table, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Spanish giants also now 3/1 favourites to retain their European crown this year.

A call-up to Brazil is imminent, having already starred for his country at Under-21 level, and national boss Dunga hoping to sure up his midfield options in time for this year’s Copa America competition.

Watch Silva make his Madrid debut in a La Liga clash with Deportivo La Coruna:

Paulo Dybala
Palermo’s prolific Argentine attacker will be hopeful of an international call-up for his country’s friendly fixture against El Salvador later this month. Dybala could benefit massively from a friendly outing, in an attempt to establish himself regularly before the Copa America kicks-off in Chile this summer.

The Serie A attacker has flourished for the Sicilian side this term, incredibly firing in 12 goals in his 24 season appearances so far, and recently stating that he would swim to Barcelona if it meant securing his dream move to the Nou Camp.

Watch Dybala rip AC Milan’s defence apart and fire Palermo ahead in a Serie A encounter:

Bas Dost
Deadly Dutch danger Dost was handed his first ever call-up to the Netherlands national roster in 2012 by former boss Louis van Gaal, though never made the final cut for a matchday squad.

However, the in-form forward could soon be donning the famous orange jersey, as his potent performances in the Bundesliga this term continue to attract attention throughout Europe.

Current national boss Guus Hiddink could call upon Dost for his side’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier meeting against Turkey, with recognised senior striker Robin van Persie currently nursing a knock which is set to keep him sidelined for many weeks.

Watch Dost’s sublime piece of skill to extend Wolfsburg’s lead over Bayer Leverkuson in a Bundesliga victory:

Aymeric Laporte
Athletic Bilbao’s courageous central defender has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, who are 11/4 to win the FA Cup, with the Red Devils having reportedly made enquiries for his services in January.

The Frenchman has been a potent performer in Spain, with an international call-up looking increasingly possible for his country’s upcoming friendly clash against Brazil.

Laporte looks like a future star for France, as a mouth-watering partnership with Madrid centre back Raphael Varane in the heart of the national team’s defence beckons.

Watch highlights of Laporte’s impressive season so far for Bilbao:



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.