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Germany manager Joachim Low has announced the Provisional 27-man German squad for Euro 2016.
The squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (Roma).
MIDFIELDERS: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).
FORWARDS: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke).
The final 23-man squad is to be submitted by May 31.
Germany will play just one official friendly match before the submission date of the final squad. The friendly will be played against Slovakia on May 29. However, the German squad will play an additional unofficial match against their under-20 side in the training camp.
Following the 23-man squad submission, Joachim Low’s team will face Hungary on 4th June in their final preparation game before the opening European Championship game against Ukraine on June 12.
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is a surprise inclusion in Low’s squad, and could one of the four players to get trimmed out from the final list, as the 31-year-old is still unfit due to a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament he suffered in his right knee during the national team’s training sessions ahead of their friendly game against England, which the world champions lost 3-2.
Joachim Low talked about his team captain in a news conference in Berlin, wherein he stated: “Bastian is our captain. He’s doing full running training. We will have to see about his state of fitness when he joins us next week, and whether he can train with the team. We’ll have to make a decision by the end of May.”