Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 36 Hugo Lloris

France's national soccer team captain Hugo Lloris

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper will be instrumental in France's hopes of Euro glory.

The France national team captain is set to lead his side out in the opening games of Group A against Romania, Albania and Switzerland.

HITC writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 35 is France and Tottenham Hotspur number one Hugo Lloris.

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Tottenham's Hugo Lloris

International record: 73 Caps

2015/16: Hugo Lloris has been a fantastic influence on Tottenham's young side over this past season, helping them finish third in the Premier League. Despite an embarrassing final day 5-1 defeat to Newcastle United, Spurs had one of the most solid defences in the league, down in no small part to the France international. Lloris produced a collection of memorable saves at important times for the North London outfit, and one in particular example of his athleticism stood out from the rest. His side were leading 2-1 at Manchester City in a crucial game when the ball was floated across the box bound for Nicolas Otamendi's head. Lloris however produced cat-like reflexes to claw the ball away from a seemingly impossible position and prevent a goal being scored. He injured himself in the process, and that piece of play demonstrated his total commitment to the cause.

The former Lyon man's current deal with Spurs expires in the summer of 2019, so a move away from the club during the off-season would be unlikely unless a huge transfer bid were to be tabled. Manchester United are rumoured to be interested, but a bid for Lloris would be influenced by whether or not they manage to keep hold of David de Gea with Real Madrid's interest gaining momentum.

What can we expect:

Lloris is renowned for his sweeper-keeper style, so any opposition will be aware that balls over the top of Les Bleus backline will more often than not be dealt with by the out-rushing French keeper. He has a tremendously calming influence over his defence, and will play an integral role in the France national team achieving success at this summer's tournament.

For a goalkeeper of such stature, his trophy cabinet is remarkably bare, winning only a Coupe de France and the French equivalent of the Community Shield with his previous club Lyon.

At 29-years-old, Lloris is entering his goalkeeping prime, and what better way to begins this phase of his career than winning the European Championship in front of his own fans.

The French certainly have the potential, and if Lloris is at his best, it will take a great side to stop them.

France's national soccer team captain Hugo Lloris

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