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Julian Nagelsmann Announces Germany’s Provisional 27-Man Squad

German head coach Julian Nagelsmann has named a preliminary 27-man squad ahead of hosting EURO 2024 this June. This announcement comes after UEFA confirmed an increased squad size for this year’s edition from 23 players to 26 players. Each team also has until June 7 to submit its final roster before the start of the tournament on June 14.

Nagelsmann and his men will go into the Euros with the expectation of a nation on their shoulders. This comes despite Germany’s poor run of form in recent tournaments. Die Mannschaft have failed to make their mark on the big stage since they were crowned World Champions in 2014, crashing out of the World Cup in the group stage in back-to-back tournaments and losing to England in the EURO 2020 Round of 16.

Yet, the Germans have shown signs of improvement under new head coach Julian Nagelsmann. Since replacing Hansi Flick in September of last year, the 36-year-old has helped the team to convincing wins against top heavyweights France and the Netherlands and will be hoping to continue along this path as Germany hopes to clinch a fourth Euro title. The former Bayern Munich manager will rely on the services of some of the finest talents in Europe, with a mix of experience and youth.

The host team’s roster announcement has led to a heightened buzz, causing Germany tickets for the forthcoming Euros to be in high demand. Here, we take a deep look into Germany’s provisional squad, including players who failed to be cut.

Which German Players Made the List?

Veteran shot-stopper Manuel Neuer leads the way for Germany in goal as he has done over the last decade. The World Cup Champion and starting goalkeeper for Bayern Munich has made 117 caps for his country, making him the second most-capped player in the squad. While he may not be the same explosive goalie he was once, the 36-year-old is still among the best goalkeepers in the world today.

UEFA announced that all squads must include at least three goalkeepers, and Germany will have a handful of options. Joining Neuer in goal are Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Hoffenheim’s Oliver Baumann, and Alexander Nubel, who had a breakout season at Stuttgart, recording 10 clean sheets in 29 Bundesliga games. It remains to be seen which of these keepers will be left out when Germany submits its final squad list.

On the defensive end, Nagelsmann has named nine players to represent the host team at the Euros. Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger will lead the way as veterans on this side of the pitch and will be supported by Waldemar Anton, Maximilian Mittelstädt, Benjamin Henrichs, Robin Koch, David Raum, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Jonathan Tah.

Germany will boast a strong midfield with a mix of world-class players, including national team captain Ilkay Gundogan and five-time Champions League winner Toni Kroos. Nagelsmann has also named Bayer Leverkusen duo Robert Andrich and Florian Wirtz, who have been key contributors to Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten season.

Breakout star midfielder Aleksander Pavlovic also cuts after an impressive season at Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old Munich-born defensive midfielder, who is of Serbian descent, chose to represent his country of birth in March and could make his senior debut for Germany in June. Leroy Sane, Chris Fuhrich, Pascal Gross, and Jamal Musiala complete Germany’s nine-man midfield.

On the offensive front, Nagelsmann will utilize the experience of 34-year-old Thomas Muller, who is the most capped member of the squad. The Bayern Munich forward has scored 45 goals for Germany in 128 appearances and could play a key role in inspiring Die Mannschaft’s attack at the Euros.

Muller will have the support of another bright star forward, Borussia Dortmund forward and Champions League finalist Niclas Fullkrug at the center forward position. Fullkrug has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, including a crucial goal against PSG in the Champions League semi-final. But it is his impressive goalscoring form for Germany that makes him one of the squad’s most important players: the 31-year-old has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Die Mannschaft.

Arsenal forward Kai Havertz will also be a key player for Germany at the Euros. Havertz, who doubles as an attacking midfielder, has 20 goal contributions for Arsenal in all competitions this season and has picked up his goalscoring form at the right time, with eight goals in his last 13 league matches.

Rounding up the list of attacking players, Maximilian Beier gets his first senior international career call-up after scoring 15 league goals for Hoffenheim this season. Nagelsmann has also rewarded 27-year-old Undav with a call-up for his impressive 19-goal season on loan at Stuttgart.

The Snubs

Germany will be without some big names at the Euros. Perhaps the biggest absentee on the list is Mats Hummels, who was named man of the match in both legs of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final triumph over PSG. The 35-year-old center-back has made 78 international appearances but has yet to feature in a competitive tournament for Germany since EURO 2020.

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka will also not be involved in this year’s tournament, despite his impressive 13-goal contributions in the Bundesliga this season. Goretzka has represented Germany 57 times, including all three group-stage matches at the World Cup in Qatar.

Other notable snubs include Dortmund winger Karim Adeyemi and Bayern’s Serge Gnabry, who has continued to struggle with injuries all season long. World Cup winner Mario Gotze will also not feature as the host this year.

Germany’s Path to Success at the Euros

Germany will be hoping to win the European Championship for the first time since 1996. Home comfort and an easy group stage could play a huge role in their path to success.

The hosts are the favourites to win Group A and could face likely Group C runners-up Denmark in the second round. A Round of 16 win could give the hosts their first big test against Spain in the quarter-finals and a potential matchup against Portugal or the Netherlands in the semifinals if they make it through. Qualifying for the EURO 2024 final could mean the Germans face either France or England for the Championship.

 

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