Jonathan Tah the only new boy in Löw’s squad

Germany’s upcoming friendlies against England and Italy are one of the last chances for Jogi Löw to test new players and systems ahead of the 2016 EUROs in France. Most commentators were speculating if a few of this season’s stand out players may be given the chance to shine in the national team’s colours in next week’s internationals, but Löw decided to allow the U21 team to keep the likes of Leroy Sané, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl and Mitchell Weiser for their upcoming matches. The door for a nomination to the EUROs isn’t closed for these players according to the DFB.

However, due to Benedikt Höwedes and Jerome Boateng’s injuries Löw saw himself forced to act and decided to opt for an inclusion of Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah. The 20-year-old has been hailed as one of Germany’s biggest talents in central defence ever since he made his Bundesliga debut for HSV back in 2013. The 20-year-old’s inclusion probably also reduces the chances of a return of Robert Huth to the national team. The Leicseter City player was mentioned as a viable option to replace either Höwedes or Boateng if the two of them wouldn’t make it back from injury in time for the tournament.

Other notable exclusions include Ilkay Gündogan and Ron Robert Zieler from cellar dwellers Hannover 96. The keeper was dropped despite Löw including 4 keepers in his squad. Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are now fighting for a chance to get more playing time during these friendlies.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), 26 Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain)

Defenders: Emre Can (Liverpool), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (FC Valencia), Antonio Rüdiger (AS Rom), Sebastian Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Mario Götze (Bayern München), Sami Khedira (Juventus Turin), Christoph Kramer (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray Istanbul), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United)

Attackers: Mario Gomez (Besiktas Istanbul), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), André Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Kevin Volland (1899 Hoffenheim), Max Kruse (VfL Wolfsburg)

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.