The pool of players available for selection on Euro 2020 fantasy football has become even shallower with eight teams whittled down to four following the conclusion of the quarter-finals.
Spain were the first team to reach the last four, requiring a penalty shootout to beat Switzerland, before Italy edged past Belgium after a hectic, humdinger of a contest in Munich.
Here are seven must-have picks to use your transfers on for the semi-final stage.
Harry Kane (England)
It took Harry Kane a while to get going at Euro 2020 but he looks to have timed his return to form to absolute perfection after delivering comfortably his best performance of the tournament in Saturday’s 4-0 hiding of Ukraine in Rome.
The England skipper accumulated 10 fantasy football points after scoring twice and would have had more were it not for Heorhiy Bushchan’s efforts in goal. Kane famously hit a purple patch of form at the end of the 2016-17 season to clinch the Premier League golden boot and might just repeat the trick at Euro 2020.
Price: €11.6m Points: 22
Jordi Alba (Spain)
Jordi Alba regained his starting place for the quarter-final against Switzerland and capped it with an assist after his driven volley was diverted into his own net by Denis Zakaria. Although Spain have been leaky at the back, Alba has created the joint-third most chances (11) in the tournament.
As impressive as Spain’s upcoming opponents Italy have been, they encountered difficulties down their right flank against Belgium with Jeremy Doku giving full back Giovanni Di Lorenzo a torrid evening and that will offer the attack-minded Alba plenty of encouragement.
Price: €6.3m Points: 21
Lorenzo Insigne (Italy)
There have been some stupendous goals scored during this tournament and Lorenzo Insigne’s beautifully crafted curling effort against Thibaut Courtois during Italy’s victorious semi-final against Belgium has to rank among the very best of them.
Insigne has sparkled during Italy’s run to the final four, combining artistry with efficiency in the final third, scoring twice in his four appearances so far. The 30-year-old is second for both shots on goal (13) and chances created (10) in Italy’s squad in the competition.
Price: €8.6m Points: 22
Joakim Maehle (Denmark)
England’s attack clicked into gear in rather menacing fashion on Saturday night and Denmark’s defenders, including the impressive Joakim Maehle, will have their work cut out to keep Kane and co subdued.
Nevertheless, even if Denmark do concede, Maehle has shown throughout the tournament that he is more than capable of providing attacking returns, supplying two goals and a sumptuous outside-of-the-boot assist for Kasper Dolberg against the Czech Republic.
Price: €4.9m Points: 28
Raheem Sterling (England)
Raheem Sterling was unable to add to his goalscoring tally during England’s rout of Ukraine, but it was arguably his best performance of the tournament so far. If Gareth Southgate’s side are to bring football home this summer, Sterling will have made as decisive a contribution as anybody.
Sterling has delivered fantasy football returns in all but one of his appearances at Euro 2020 – the 0-0 draw against Scotland in the group stage – combining three goals with an assist. The Manchester City winger is comfortably the top-scoring midfielder still in the game, holding a nine point lead at the top.
Price: €9.8m Points: 28
Luke Shaw (England)
Jose Mourinho was made to eat his words on Saturday night when Luke Shaw supplied the first of two assists against Ukraine from a free-kick, just days after his former Manchester United manager had described his set-piece taking as “dramatically bad”.
Shaw was the second-most creative defender in the Premier League last season and has carried that form over to the international stage, supplying a team-leading eight chances so far. Only Switzerland’s Steven Zuber with four has provided more assists than Shaw’s three at Euro 2020.
Price: €6.2m Points: 33
Ciro Immobile (Italy)
Mercifully, Ciro Immobile made a miraculous recovery from Thomas Vermaelen’s kick to join in with Italy’s celebrations after Nicolo Barella had fired them in front of Belgium. He had us all worried for a second…
The big question mark hanging over the free-scoring Lazio striker before the tournament was whether or not he could emulate his club form in the royal blue of the Azzurri. A strong start suggested he could but Immobile hasn’t added to his two group stage goals in the knockouts. Time to deliver when it matters.
Price: €10.2m Points: 20