We’re another month close to having a football-filled summer, with Euro 2020 set to kick off in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on June 12.
A lot of eyes will be on Joachim Löw’s Germany side after they crashed and burned in their defence of the World Cup in 2018, but Die Mannschaft will have a very different look about them this time around.
Germany’s manager has already kicked out Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller from the national team, so there will be plenty of new faces for international audiences to see at Euro 2020.
Löw doesn’t have to pick his final 23-man squad just yet, but here’s who a look at would make 90min’s Germany team based off their form in February.
23. Kevin Trapp (New Entry)
Picking a final 23-man squad is a cutthroat business so as far as Germany’s third-choice goalkeeper is concerned, we’ve had to leave Bernd Leno and Alexander Nübel behind.
Trapp’s had his problems with injuries but he’s helped to turn a pretty dismal season for Eintracht Frankfurt on its head and they’re back on their way up the table.
22. Florian Neuhaus (New Entry)
A senior national team call-up has been well overdue for Florian Neuhaus but with all the competition that’s going to be on offer, he might be the best player who goes to Euro 2020 without actually playing any football.
Maybe next time.
21. Robin Gosens (New Entry)
‘But why’s Gosens going ahead of Nico Schulz?’
Watch Borussia Dortmund. That’s why.
20. Leroy Sané (-)
Even without any ligaments left in his knee, Sané’s still going to be one of Germany’s most important player this summer.
It’s also going to be a great chance for him to put himself on the transfer market as he looks to leave Manchester City, even though we know where he’ll be going already – don’t we, Herbert Hainer…
19. Robin Koch (-)
Even Jogi Löw knows the comedic gold that will come with Clive Tyldesley shouting ‘Koch block’ on terrestrial television so he’s going to be on the plane for sure.
18. Jonathan Tah (Down 2)
Tah’s been a Germany international for quite some time but has only picked up nine appearances for the national team, although without Hummels and Boateng he’ll be starting most games at Euro 2020.
17. Marco Reus (Down 8)
Please don’t get injured.
Please don’t get injured.
Please don’t get injured.
16. Marcel Halstenberg (Up 1)
He’ll be Germany’s first-choice left back at Euro 2020, even though he’s played as a centre-back at RB Leipzig over the last couple of weeks.
15. Suat Serdar (-)
Serdar’s been a big loss for Schalke over the last couple of weeks following an ankle injury.
But he’s still been one of the most impressive midfielders in the Bundesliga this season.
14. Antonio Rüdiger (-)
There’s every chance that Rüdiger will be Germany’s most senior centre-back at Euro 2020 as on top of Hummels and Boateng being ommited, Niklas Süle might not recover from a long-term injury he picked up in October.
13. Emre Can (Up 5)
Can swapped Juventus for Borussia Dortmund to get himself back in contention for a place in the national team.
It should work too. Jogi Löw doesn’t have too many defensive midfielders with Can’s stature, let alone anyone who can pick out the top corner of the opposition’s net from 40 yards.
12. Leon Goretzka (Up 1)
At the worst of times, Goretzka’s always been quite a useful player to have in and around the national team, but he’s been involved in five goals in the Rückrunde alone
11. Julian Brandt (Up 1)
It’s not all gone Brandt’s way sine joining Borussia Dortmund but he’ll have a big part to play for Germany at Euro 2020.
If nothing else, it’s still just a chance for fans to see Brandt re-kindle his relationship with Kai Havertz with Die Mannschaft.
10. Marc-André ter Stegen (Up 1)
Ter Stegen would be starting for all-but-one national side who will be at Euro 2020.
Unfortunately for him, the one that he won’t be starting for is Germany.
9. Lukas Klostermann (Down 1)
Germany have the best right back in world football playing for them.
The only problem is the best right back in world football will be playing as a defensive midfielder at Euro 2020, but Lukas Klostermann will be a welcomed addition to Jogi Löw’s starting lineup.
8. Kai Havertz (Up 2)
Form is temporary, class is permanent…we hope.
Havertz hasn’t been at his devastating best for Bayer Leverkusen this season but, at this stage, he’s unlikely to be left out of a national team squad until he retires from international duty.
7. İlkay Gündoğan (-)
Well, this is going to be Gündoğan’s last taste of European football for quite a while isn’t it…?
6. Matthias Ginter (Down 1)
Borussia Mönchengladbach have the joint best defensive record in the Bundesliga this season and a lot of that comes down to Ginter.
He didn’t even make their squad back in 2016 and Ginter was only ever on the bench when Germany won the World Cup in 2014, but he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet this summer.
5. Timo Werner (Down 1)
At this point, no one would be surprised if Jogi Löw decided to call up a 107-year-old Mario Gómez, but it should be a fairly safe bet that Werner will be leading the line for Germany.
He’s the highest-scoring Germany player across all competitions and even though he’s slowed down a fair bit since the turn of the year, he’s still been involved in 35 goals in 31 appearances this season.
4. Serge Gnabry (Up 2)
Well, Löw’s hardly going to send Karim Bellarabi to Euro 2020 is he?
Germany need to wrap Gnabry in cotton wool and bubble wrap to make sure he’s at full strength this summer.
3. Joshua Kimmich (-)
Germany’s manager has been pushing to use Kimmich in midfield for a number of years and with Klostermann finally ready to step up as a right back, he’ll get the chance to play centrally at a major tournament.
He’s had plenty of experience in midfield at Bayern Munich this season too.
2. Toni Kroos (-)
Going into Euro 2020, Kroos will be the highest scoring Germany international.
Yep, with 17 goals for Die Mannschaft, Kroos has scored more times for his country than any other active German player.
Lukas Podolski, Mesut Özil and André Schürrle have all scored more goals, but it’s safe to say neither of them will be breaking into the national team over the next few months.
1. Manuel Neuer (-)
Jogi Löw has the choice between starting a goalkeeper who is currently being out-performed by Thibaut Courtois, or someone who’s won the last seven domestic league titles.
He’s going to be picking the latter.
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