Löw presents his preliminary squad for the EUROs 2016

National team coach Jogi Löw has presented 31 players with the chance to make it the EUROs this summer. The preliminary squad includes 31 players, 8 of who are going to be dropped by the time the tournament starts on June 10th.

In goal Manuel Neuer is the undisputed number one player, but there 4 keepers behind him looking to get their hands on the last two remaining places. So far Ron-Robert Zieler and Marc-André ter Stegen have had the best cards, but a lot can change during the course of the Rückrunde.

The names Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng seem to be first ones on the team sheet when it comes for Löw to decide who to put in defence, but there are no less 7 defenders who are still in with a chance to compete in France this summer.

Additionally there are 16 players fighting for the places in midfield and attack. About his nominations Löw said that nothing is set in stone, as “Injuries can change the situation ahead of the tournament.”

Most national team fans remember Christoph Kramer coming into the World Cup squad ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, despite not being included in the preliminary squad ahead of the tournament.

The 55-year-old national team coach told the press that his team needed to up their game “by a few percent points” in order to be able to compete in the tournament. Germany’s qualification for the EUROs was never in danger, but the team had a somewhat bumpy ride at the start of their campaign to qualify for the tournament.

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Eric Durm, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Emre Can, Benedikt Höwedes, Jonas Hector, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Rüdiger

Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus, Mario Götze, Mesut Özil, Christoph Kramer, Karim Bellarabi, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Sami Khedira, Sebastian Rudy

Attack: Thomas Müller, Max Kruse, André Schürrle, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski, Kevin Volland

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