The Euro 2016 has only started but one game for each national team has been enough to see some promising performances and others to forget. Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard have been so far the biggest flops of the first game while IBTimes UK picks up here 11 stars who make the best line-up to the date.
Petr Cech: The Arsenal goalkeeper couldn't prevent the 1-0 defeat to Spain but was key to the Czech Republic from suffering a humiliation. He was like a human wall and frustrated Alvaro Morata, David Silva, Nolito and Andres Iniesta several times to keep his country alive until Gerard Pique scored the winner in the 87th minute of the game.
Juanfran: The Spanish usual tiki-taka was less predictable and more dangerous than usual as Jordi Alba and the Atletico Madrid right-back become wingers rather that full-backs to give Vicente Del Bosque's side two men extra in attack. Juanfran began his career at the Real Madrid academy as a winger and from that position set up a number of crosses to Morata and he did in the recent Champions League final to provide Yanick Ferreira Carrasco an equaliser.
Shkodran Mustafi: The former Everton centre-back has enjoyed ups and downs in Valencia due to the inconsistency of Gary Neville's former side. Yet, for Germany against Ukraine, the 24-year-old stepped up to replaced Mats Hummels and looked like impenetrable defender who in 2014-2015 formed an impressive duo with Nico Otamendi at Mestalla. Furthermore, he scored the opener with a great header.
Leonardo Bonucci: Italy's defensive performance to keep the feared Belgium attack quiet was impressive and the Juventus centre-back towered above all his teammates. He was sublime in defence but also teed up Emanuele Giaccherini for Italy's opener with a Franz Beckenbauer-esque long-range assist.
Ricardo Rodriguez: The 23-year-old left-back is one of the players expected to star a summer transfer battle following the Euro 2016 and during the 1-0 win over Albania seized the chance to show his suitors he is ready for the next step. The Wolfsburg defender, who is said to be in the radar of Arsenal, was good in defence but especially become a threat every time he went up into the attack.
Eric Dier: Many highlight Harry Kane and Dele Alli as the great architects behind Tottenham's successful season but the former Sporting Lisbon academy star has also been a key element to give balance to the best defence of the last Premier League. His importance to hold the England inconsistent back-line will also be crucial in the Euros and in the opening game not only enjoyed a great defensive performance but also scored the first goal of Roy Hodgson' side with a fantastic free-kick.
Luka Modric: The leader of the Real Madrid midfield was also the main man in the attractive Croatia during their deserved 1-0 win over Turkey. Even though the former Tottenham midfielder played in a deeper role than at the Champions League winner he led the stylish game of his national team in the middle of the park and scored one of the goals of the tournament with a looping ball from 25 yards.
Andres Iniesta: The Barcelona playmaker has probably done the best individual performance to date in the current European Championship. Nothing new there. While the Czechs parked the bus in front of Petr Cech the little Spaniard seemed to glide through the pitch of the Municipal Stadium inventing surreal assists and dribbling rivals like a dancer on skates. The 32-year-old did his job but also the ones who used to do Xavi in the middle of the park to dictate the game and set up Gerard Pique's winner
Antonio Candreva: Italy no longer have the talent of Andrea Pirlo, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero or Roberto Baggio. New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has instead created a real team where no one is more important than anyone else and the 23 players pursue for the same target: winning the European Championship. This each of the Italy stars who beat Belgium 2-0 in their opening game deserve a place in the XI but the 29-year-old Lazio winger was arguably the one who represented the best that commitment. Furthermore, he concluded his great team performance by setting up the second goal of the game to Pelle in the injury time.
Dimitri Payet: France might have been one of the biggest disappointments to date but the West Ham ace was superb as he has been during much of the season at Upton Park. He assisted Olivier Guiroud for the opener and rescued the victory for his country with arguably the best goal of the tournament.
Arkadiusz Milic: People were waiting for Robert Lewandowski but discovered in Milic a more dangerous threat instead. The Ajax forward, along with Southampton's Graziano Pelle, have overlooked the likes of Harry Kane, Lukaku, Morata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thomas Muller and other forwards tipped for the top scorer award to earn a place in the best XI of the tournament after the first game. The 22-year-old forward scored 21 goals in 31 appearances for Ajax in the last Eridivisie and led his national team to the victory by scoring the only goal of the game against Norther Ireland.