Dubbed as the “golden generation” of Austrian football, Franco Foda’s Austia led the team to its success in qualifying for the Euro 2020. This is their best chance to recover from a devastating exit the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Euro 2016 group stage. Here is the potential XI of the Austria national team for the Euro 2020 next year:
Valentino Lazaro (Right midfield)
The 23-year-old Inter loaned Valentino Lazaro was part of the squad that secured their position in Euro 2020 with a win over North Macedonia. The game was his 28th cap with the national team, where he has scored three goals and provided one assist.He is one of the regular players in the starting team for Austria and if he stays fit and skilful until next year, he has a guaranteed spot in the position.
Stefan Ilsanker (Central midfield)
The Frankfurt midfielder is one of the veterans in the team as he has been a full senior international since 2014., racking up 41 caps for his country. Despite his unimpressive performance in club level, marking his first ever goal only in June after over 87 appearances in Bundesliga, and first in any competition since scoring for RB Leipzig in the 2015-16, Ilsanker is a vital person in the position.
Julian Baumgartlinger (Central midfield)
The Bayer midfielder and the team captain is also one of the veterans in the national team. He represented Austria every age group from Under-16 all the way up to the senior side. He has racked up 74 caps since he debuted in the first time in 2009. In 2016, he was acquired by Bayer Leverkusen and netted a total of 97 goals since then, 27 of which came from the recent season.
David Alaba (Left midfield)
The Bayern midfielder David Alaba has played only half of his side’s ten fixtures during the Euro 2020 qualifiers due to injury. Despite completing his 90 minutes in all qualifying games he appeared last year, Alaba, who earned over 70 caps for the national team, finished the qualifying campaign with just one goal to his name. However, his performance in the club will surely guarantee him a spot for next year.
Marcel Sabitzer (Central forward)
The RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer turned heads and opened eyes with his impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. Sabitzer’s two goals not only ensured Leipzig’s progression into the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, but also make him one of the eyed players in the transfer market. He also plays an integral role for Austria that is needed next year.
Marko Arnautović (Striker)
The Shanghai SIPG forward Marko Arnautović is not known in Europe but plays a threat to every goalkeepers as he step in this position. Arnautović racked up 85 caps and 26 goals for Austria since he started playing for his country in 2008. He helped his national team to qualify in the Euro 2016 and 2018 he was named as the Austrian Player of the Year.