The 24-year-old Belgian goalkeeper goes into the tournament with uncertainty surrounding his future at Chelsea.
HITC Sport writers have compiled a list of the top 50 stars at Euro 2016, assessing players from across the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.
Coming in at number 34 is Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who’ll be looking to make up for a forgettable 2015-16 season by helping Les Diables Rouges go all the way in France.
Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois reacts after the goal of Chelsea's Fernando Torres (unseen)
International record: 34 caps since 2011
2015-16: After helping Chelsea win the Premier League title and League Cup during his first season as the club’s No. 1 with some standout performances, Courtois’ second campaign between the posts proved a veritable disappointment.
The 24-year-old was shown a straight red card for conceding a penalty in the club’s Premier League opener against Swansea City before being ruled out for three months after tearing his meniscus in training just a few weeks later.
He eventually made his comeback in early December but failed to recapture his prior form over the rest of the campaign, even earning a second sending off for giving away yet another penalty in April’s dismal 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
The former Genk stopper ultimately ended the season with 29 goals conceded in 23 top-flight games compared to 30 in 32 appearances during his debut campaign, while he also kept just five clean sheets after recording 12 over the previous term as his side slumped to a 10th-place finish.
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Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois saves a shot
What can we expect?
Despite his struggles over the past nine months, few doubt Courtois’ shot-stopping prowess. The 6ft 6in keeper has been Belgium’s first-choice over Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet since 2012 and earned rave reviews for his performances during the team’s run to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil.
Marc Wilmots’ side now go into their first Euros since hosting the tournament in 2000 as one of the favourites to take home the trophy, and a successful campaign should see the Blues star cement his status among the world’s leading custodians.
However, whether that would affect his future at Chelsea remains to be seen. Courtois’ 2015-16 season was filled with rumours of a potential switch to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Paris Saint-German, and recent reports have suggested that he is more than eager to move on this summer [h/t The Telegraph].
Incoming manager Antonio Conte may well try to keep hold of him should he enjoy a stellar tournament, but Europe's elite will undoubtedly be circling for his signature if he produces the same kind of displays we saw from him prior to this past season. With no Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next term, convincing him to stay could prove a tough challenge.
Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois celebrates their first goal