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Leroy Sane, Ruben Neves, Luke Shaw and 6 other stars with points to prove in the UEFA Nations LeagueThe World Cup has been and gone

and with our faith in international football now restored we can sink our teeth into the new format of the UEFA Nations League. The intention of the new format is predominately to improve the quality of international matches, putting something on the line in matches that would otherwise have merely been friendlies. Now the opening fixtures will give us an indication as to what direction the major nations are going in, whether that’s developing youth, relying on trusted experience or a mixture of the two. Two months on from the finals in Russia, there are also a number of players returning to squads hoping to make big impressions. There will be others who need to stop their struggles now, and may well be in the last chance saloon. Here are nine players who need to prove their international worth during the domestic break. Leroy Sane, 22 (Ge西南彩票网快乐十分彩票走势图 rmany) Sane is back in with a chance to play for Die Mannschaft (Image: Bongarts) The lightning-quick winger was an instrumental part of Manchester City’s title winning side last season, managing 10 goals and 15 assists in what seemed to be a breakout season for the 22-year-old. However, despite an incredibly consistent campaign, Germany coach Joachim Low controversially left Sane out of his World Cup squad. Germany ultimately paid the price as they bowed out of the World Cup in the group stages- their attacking threat ultimately lacking. Despite Germany’s World Cup nightmare, it is clear that Low does not see Sane as a ‘natural fit’ for his current set up, and Toni Kroos critique this week echoed, coming after Sane was dropped by Guardiola from his City squad last weekend. The City speedster still appears to need to earn Low’s trust. The Nations League may be the perfect opportunity for the PFA Young Player of the Year. Read MoreRelated ArticlesLeroy Sane has been dropped by Pep Guardiola and called out by Toni Kroos - so whats going on? Joe Gomez, 21 (England) Fit and impressing for Liverpool, Gomez is back in the England fold (Image: REUTERS) Gomez was unfortunately ruled out of England’s World Cup squad due to injury, a

nd saw Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire cement themselves as undoubted first choice in Gareth Southgates back three A couple of months on, and the Liverpool defender is back fit and thrivi

ng, playing every minute of the Reds opening four league games alongside Virgil Van Dijk. Alongside the more vocal Dutchman, Gomez has been largely excellent. Throughout his injury struggles in the last two seasons, Jurgen Klopp has remained a major fan. So too has Southgate, who initially brought him in to the Under-21s when lower down the coaching food chain. Now Gomez is likely to feature in one of Englands upcoming Nations League fixtures. However, with Maguire, Stones, Walker and James Tarkowski all fighting for places, he needs to impress. If he does, he can give Southgate a real selection headache. Read MoreRelated ArticlesJoe Gomez is a student of the game - but now Liverpool defender is ready to make up for lost time David de Gea, 27 (Spain) David de Gea has a point to prove post-World Cup (Image: REX/Shutterstock) The best keeper in the world, arguably, but De Gea had a worryingly poor World Cup for Spain conceding six goals despite facing just seven shots on target. The Manchester United stopper, has looked much better since returning to his club, but there are big question marks over him in his homeland; in Russia, some called for Chelsea new boy Kepa Arrizabalaga to take over. De Gea had to wait quite a while to be the Spanish no.1 due to Iker Casillias’ dominance between the sticks and perhaps he is playing with added pressure on his shoulders - thus allowing uncharacteristic mistakes to creep in. Spain’s first game against England will be a test for the 27-year-old – especially if Harry Kane is fit and firing for Saturday’s clash- and is a perfect chance to silence any doubters. New boss Luis Enrique will no doubt give De Gea a chance to prove his worth. But with the world’s most expensive keeper, Kepa, watching on, hell know any error will quickly be pounced upon. Ciro Immobile, 28 (Italy) Lazio striker Ciro Immobile was Serie As top scorer last term (Image: 2018 Getty Images) Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup was an unmitigated disaster and now, under Roberto Mancini, the Azzurri are determined to bounce back. The current squad boasts no little talent, but in terms of bona-fide top-level experience, bar Juventus

duo Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, it is somewhat lacking. As such, there are a host of players who need to prove themselves at international level, chief among them Lazio goal-poacher Ciro Immobile. The striker has bagged 52 goals for his club in the last two seasons, winning the Capocannoniere for Serie As top scorer last term. But now he needs to translate that form, having managed just seven goals in 32 games for his country thus far. Italy need to come out fighting - is Immobile the man to land the knockout shots? Julian Brandt, 22 (Germany) Brandts cameos were actually a plus point for Germany (Image: Bongarts) The man that pipped Leroy Sane to a World Cup place still has much to prove despite providing some of the only positive points in a disappointing tournament for the Germans. The 22-year-old has a growing reputation amongst the German faithful and

has been given the coveted no.10 shirt after Mesut Ozil’s sudden international retirement. This adds immediate pressure onto Brandt who has been a permanent fixture for Bayer Leverkusen for the past four seasons. Low will now be expecting Brandt to develop into a consistent attacking force, as Low begins to develop a new side brimming with exciting young talent. Despite taking the no.10 shirt, expect Brandt to prove his worth in the Nations League out wide, with other players such as Thomas Muller and Julian Draxler better suited to play in behind the striker. With the first fixture against World Cup holders France, there isn’t a better time to catch the managers eye with a performance. Brandt could help entertain the notion that Germany’s Russian nightmare was just a blip. David Brooks, 21 (Wales) Brooks has made a bright start to life at Bournemouth (Image: Getty Images E

urope) Eddie Howe swooped to take the highly-talented Sheffield United youngster to Bournemouth in the summer and a player who dipped in and out of the Blades side last season has impressed i

n three Premier League starts thus far. A bright attacker, the 21-year-old has three Wales caps to his name and has the talent to be a key component in Ryan Giggs side for the next decade. But he needs to prove he can be a game-changer for

the Reds, someone who can work in tandem with talisman Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. There are a number of others looking to do likewise, chief among them 18-year-old Ben Woodburn - on loan at Bramall Lane from Liverpool this term, ironically as his replacement - and Derby County pair Tom Lawrence and Harry Wilson. Can Brooks get in there first? Ousmane Dembele, 21 (France) Dembele has started the current campaign well (Image: SIPA USA) The 136million price tag has been used as a stick to beat him with, but it was injury problems that stifled Ousmane Dembeles growth at Barcelona during his debut campaign. Dembele did feature briefly at the World Cup, but it would be wrong to say he had a huge part to play in Les Bleus victory. The wonderkid only played two minutes in the knockout stages. In a team full of quality, Dembele will need to play regularly for Barcelona throughout the season to give him more of a chance of being a regular fixture in Didier Deschamps’ side. He has started the season well, with two goals in his opening three games for his clu

b. As such, he is likely to see minutes in the upcoming

matches for the world champs, but with the quality of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Nabil Fekir in France’s ranks also, consistency is key. Ruben Neves, 21 (Portugal) Wolves star Ruben Neves (Image: 2018 Getty Images) Wolverhampton Wanderers’ chairman Jeff Shi showed a true sign of intent when he bro

ke the clubs transfer record by signing Portuguese wonderkid Ruben Neves for 15.8million. The ex-Porto captain has unsurprisingly been essential to Wolves’ success, helping end a six-year stint outside of England’s top flight. The centre midfielder will be hoping he can display his form on the international stage, with the Nations League providing the perfect platform to do so. Fernando Santos has elected to shuffle his pack, with a number of veterans missing out - including Neves midfield partner at club level, Joao Moutinho. Having started impressively in the Premier League, the 21-year-old playmaker will now be handed an opportunity to add to his five caps and stake a claim for a permanent spot when the Seleccao open up against World Cup runners-up Croatia. Luke Shaw, 23 (England) Shaw is back in England contention (Image: REUTERS) Luke Shaw has revealed that he almost lost his leg after the brutal injury suffered against PSV in 2016, but Luke Shaw has displayed remarkable resilience and patience to come back. Once tipped to be the next best full back in the world, Shaw looked certain to have an injury-plagued career after such a promising start at Southampton. However things seem to have turned around for the 23-year-old, back first choice at Manchester United at the start the season; with increased match fitness have come increasingly strong performances. A left wing back spot is definitely up for grabs in the England squad, particularly with Ashley Young, first choice at the World Cup, not included. Shaw certainly has the publics vote after his struggles, but he will have to maintain his fitness and form to become a regular England starter. However, the opportunity is there.