We’re under a week away until kick-off for the 2020 Uefa European Championship , and that means the clock is ticking for you to get your fantasy football team sorted. The Post kicked off our series of fantasy tips for the international tournament with our suggestions for which forwards you should pick earlier this week. But now it’s time to choose perhaps the most important part of your squad, with Uefa’s official Euro 2020 fantasy game requiring you to pick five midfield players among your €100 million budget side. Here are our picks for players who could light up the 24-team tournament, which starts on June 11 and runs until July 11, across 11 cities in Europe, from safe bets to gambles and bargains. There are many who accuse Bruno Fernandes (€10.5m) of being a “stat padder” and a “penalty merchant”, but that’s no bad thing when it comes to fantasy football – and 19 per cent of fantasy managers have picked him for Euro 2020, despite the hefty price tag. The Manchester United man’s record since joining from Sporting Lisbon speaks for itself, with 34 goals and 21 assists in 65 games – he even broke Chelsea icon Frank Lampard’s record this season for goals (28) from a midfield player. Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo will be on penalty duty for Portugal at Euro 2020, but Fernandes is still a good bet to rack up fantasy points – though a “group of death” featuring Germany, France and Hungary awaits the defending champions. Giorginio Wijnaldum (€8m) will move on from Liverpool this summer, but first up he could play a starring role for the Netherlands at Euro 2020. The 30-year-old has seven goals and an assist in his last five games for the Dutch, and has been a key component of their rebuild under Frank de Boer. Wijnaldum plays a more attacking role at national level, and his side have a favourable set of fixtures in group C against Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia – and only six per cent of fantasy managers have picked him for match day one, meaning you could get the jump on your competitors if he has a hot start. Manchester City winger Ferran Torres (€8m) could be a good bet, after a strong finish to the season that has put him firmly in the frame to start for Spain. The 21-year-old former Valencia star scored seven times in the Premier League, and his hat-trick against Germany last November suggests he could have an impact against Sweden on match day one, with games against Slovakia and Poland then to come in group E. With just 10 per cent ownership Torres could also be a good bet to back early. Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu (€8.5m) could prove to be one of the stars of the tournament, especially in terms of fantasy, and he is going seriously under the radar with just one per cent ownership. He has three goals and four assists in eight starts for Turkey – more goal involvements than any of his teammates – with two goals and three assists in his last three starts. The 27-year-old also provided 10 assists for AC Milan in Serie A this season, and made more key passes than any player in Europe’s top five leagues, playing a key role as the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time in eight years. Italy will provide a very tough test on match day one but Turkey will be confident of making it to the last-16 with games against Wales and Switzerland rounding out their group A campaign. Federico Chiesa (€7m) is proving a popular pick in terms of ownership (22 per cent), and it’s easy to see why, with nine goals and nine assists for the Juventus winger this season. The 23-year-old also helped Italy qualify for the tournament with a goal and three assists in the team’s qualifiers, and he is a good option for match day one against Turkey. David Alaba (€5.5m) is a super cheap option given his quality, and the former Bayern Munich man will be on penalty duty for Austria, who have North Macedonia first up. Donny van de Beek (€6.5m) has not had a good time of it, by any stretch of the imagination, during his debut season at Manchester United. But the 24-year-old former Ajax star has still played an important role at international level for the Netherlands this campaign, with three goals and an assist in six appearances, and the Dutch should make easy work of their group. He will be determined to prove a point to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Premier League club’s fans, by showing some of the form that helped propel Ajax to the Champions League final in 2019 with his national team. We all remember the infamous “Wales, golf, Real Madrid … in that order” banner, and there is definitely something about international duty that brings out the best in Gareth Bale (€9.5m) . The 31-year-old starred at Euro 2016, dragging his country to the semi-finals in France during what was their first international tournament appearance for 58 years. Bale has shown he still has an eye for goal – especially against lower quality teams – during a hit and miss season in a loan return to Tottenham, grabbing 16 goals and three assists. He also had four assists in six appearances for Wales, who have a tough task of making it out of a group A featuring Switzerland, Turkey and Italy. Christian Eriksen (€9.5m) has largely been out of form since joining Inter Milan from Spurs, but he is Denmark’s talisman and almost everything goes through him. The 29-year-old is on corners, free-kicks and penalties, so there are plenty of chances for returns, and Denmark face a winnable first game against Finland, though Belgium and Russia will provide stern tests in group B. After his stunning season at West Ham, Tomas Soucek (€6.5m) is going somewhat under the radar (10 per cent ownership) for what could be a bargain price. The 26-year-old helped drive the Hammers to Europa League qualification with 10 goals, and hit a hat-trick in a World Cup qualifier against Estonia in March. The Czechs have a tough time of it in group D, however, with Scotland first up, then Croatia and England. Ukraine’s Ruslan Malinovskiy (€7m) could be another bargain, with just one per cent ownership. The 28-year-old was Serie A’s top assist provider with 12 in just 22 starts, while he also scored eight goals for Atalanta. He is likely to be on set pieces for a Ukraine team which finished top of their qualifying group ahead of Portugal, and they will be confident of escaping from group C. Finally, as an Englishman, I am usually loathe to select any English players for fantasy football, partly out of hope that I don’t jinx them, but also knowing the Three Lions usually underperform. But the stellar club seasons enjoyed by Mason Mount (€7m) and Phil Foden (€8m) for Chelsea and Manchester City respectively have been well-documented. The 22-year-old Mount starred in Chelsea’s run to Champions League glory, with an assist in the final against City, and had 12 goals and eight assists for club and country, and has 32 per cent ownership showing plenty of fantasy managers are backing him to keep up his fine form. Foden also had a breakthrough campaign with 18 goals and 10 assists for Premier League champions City and England, and 14 per cent of players are picking him for Euro 2020. The pair could be the creative future of this England side for the next 10 years, and are likely to be at the heart of things if Gareth Southgate’s side are to go deep in the tournament. There are, of course, some big names missing from this list – notably N’Golo Kante (€5.5m) , Kevin de Bruyne (€10.5m) and Joshua Kimmich (€6m) . The trio make up three of the five most selected midfielders on the game, but although Kante’s form has been superb for Chelsea this season, his defensive role for France is unlikely to net him too many points. The same goes for Bayern Munich star Kimmich with Germany, hence their low price tags. With Man City’s De Bruyne, his status for Belgium is a little bit up in the air and he may not make it for match day one against Russia after fracturing his nose and eye socket in the Champions League final. His price is just a little too high for such a risk.