Euro Whites: Five familiar faces to feature at Euro 2016

Wanderers' official website runs the rule over a selection of recognisable names who will be representing their homelands at Euro 2016

Following confirmation of the squads heading to this summer’s European Championships in France, casts an eye over five names that will be representing their countries in the tournament which may be familiar to Bolton fans.

International Debut: v Estonia (W 0-3), 24/04/96
Caps: 84
Goals: 25

Iceland’s record goalscorer with 25 goals, Eidur Gudjohnsen re-joined Wanderers in December 2014 with one eye on extending his international career ahead of Euro 2016 – a move which appears to have been a shrewd one as the forward has been included in the 23-man squad for their first finals appearance.

Netting on his international return against Kazakhstan last year after an 18-month absence, the forward, who recently joined Molde from Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, has featured sporadically for Iceland in recent months but will be one of the oldest players at this summer’s competition at 37 years of age. 

International Debut: v Scotland (W 1-3), 01/03/06
Caps: 46
Goals: 5

Having previously been in Switzerland’s squad for both the 2006 and 2014 World Cups, Blerim Dzemaili will appear at his first European Championships this summer having been a regular for his homeland in qualification.

Injury limited the midfielder to just one appearance for Wanderers during the 2007/08 season, but he has since gone on to enjoy successful stints with Torino, Parma, Napoli, Galatasary and Genoa.

Republic of Ireland/Stoke City
International Debut: v Norway (L1-2), 17/11/10
Caps: 38
Goals: 10

A late bloomer at international level, Jonathan Walters helped Republic of Ireland’s place at Euro 2016 after netting a brace in their play-off victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The versatile Stoke City forward, who spent two seasons with Wanderers at the start of his career, established himself as first choice for the Boys in Green in qualification after also netting vital goals against Scotland, Georgia and Poland.

Slovakia/Al-Gharafa Sports Club
International Debut: v Iceland (D1-1), 12/08/09
Caps: 48
Goals: 4

Vladimir Weiss created five goals from eight appearances to help Slovakia qualify for the European Championships for the first time last year, picking up a famous victory over reigning champions Spain along the way.

Handed his international debut in 2009 when only 19, the winger represented his homeland at the 2010 World Cup following a half-season stint on loan at Wanderers from Manchester City.

International Debut: v Czech Republic (W 1-0), 31/3/15
Caps: 7
Goals: 0

A fresh face to the international scene, Jan Gregus made his international bow against Czech Republic little over a year ago but has since figured in games against Spain, Switzerland and Iceland – enough to convince head coach Jan Kozak to take him to France this summer.

Spending a year on loan with Wanderers throughout 2013, the midfielder failed to make a single first team appearance at Macron Stadium and spent much of his time in the club’s development side.

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