Three players to look out for in today's Euro 2016 games

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after the game

West Ham United and Arsenal stars feature as the second round of group games get underway.

France Training - EURO 2016

With the first round of group games now completed, the group stages now start to get a little more interesting as the games take on added significance - especially if you did not get off to the perfect start.

Russia and Slovakia are the first sides to play today in Group B in Lille. A late header from Vasili Berezutski gave Russia a point from their group opener against England while Slovakia were beaten by Wales in their first match. Both sides will be looking at this game as a must win in order to put themselves in a position to quality going into the final matches.

In Group A, Switzerland face Romania at the Parc de Princes. Switzerland got their campaign off to a winning start following a narrow win over Albania, while Romania were just minutes away from taking a point off hosts France, before being denied by a Dimitry Payet stunner.

The hosts will be looking to secure their passage to the knock-out stages when they take on Albania in the late kick-off in Marseille. 

Here are three players that will be worth watching from tonight's fixtures:

Granit Xhaka

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka in action with Albania's Taulant Xhaka

He was awarded the man of the match for his role in Switzerland's win in their opener against Albania.

His tough tackling, presence and vision all caught the eye in what was a pretty entertaining encounter. A repeat performance against Romania this evening will be welcome for the Swiss as they look to secure their place in the knock-out rounds. Arsenal fans will have liked what they saw in the first game.

Dimitri Payet

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring their second goal with Olivier Giroud

It was supposed to be the tournament when Paul Pogba would really show his class on the international stage but France's win against Romania was all about Payet as the West Ham man set up Olivier Giroud and scored a wonderful goal in the closing stages to keep a nation happy. 

He ran the show in the opening game, something that West Ham fans will have been familiar with. One wonders whether Didier Deschamps is going to be reliant on him to be the main man in the France side for the remainder of their campaign. 

One thing is for sure, more impressive performances and that fax machine at the Olympic Stadium may be getting lots of inquiries about Payet's availability. 

Bogdan Stancu 

Romania's Bogdan Stancu misses a chance to score

The Romanian forward cooly slotted home a penalty that perhaps should have earned his side a point in the opener against France, but he was also guilty of missing one or two other opportunities in the game which could have put his side in the driving seat.

In what is a huge game for his side against the Swiss today, he cannot afford to let a big opportunity pass him by again.  

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