Joachim Löw has announced his 26-man squad for Germany that will compete in the European Championships this summer and — as expected — there will be a strong Bayern Munich presence on the roster.
Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, and Thomas Müller will all be a part of the squad, which also features a couple of eye-opening selections:
Our 26-man squad for @EURO2020 #DieMannschaft #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/BmvAvUtTX0— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 19, 2021
AS Monaco’s Kevin Volland and SC Freiburg’s Christian Günter were surprise call-ups as neither player had been on Löw’s radar of late, but some other Germans were notably omitted from the selection process.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Amine Younes, PSV Eindhoven’s Philipp Max, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz all had previously received international call-ups from Löw, while Paris Saint-Gerrmain’s Julian Draxler and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt were also left out — despite having been called up numerous times by the 2014 World Cup winner.
In addition, Jerome Boateng was not recalled to the team either. Many were hoping that Boateng would join Müller and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels on the team. Hummels was also brought back by Löw after being unceremoniously dropped in 2019.
It should also be noted that Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus opted out of the competition, so he can regenerate from a long season, while FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen will also miss the tournament due to knee surgery.
Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos (COVID-19) and Goretzka (injury) are both currently out of action, but are expected to be back and healthy for the Euros.