Löw presents his preliminary squad for the EUROs

Today’s press conference at the DFB headquarters had been eagerly anticipated. National team coach Jogi Löw chose to present his preliminary squad to the media today and there were certainly a few surprises in his line up. First and foremost the inclusion of Julian Weigl, Julian Brandt, Leroy Sané and Joschua Kimmich raised some eyebrows. It was expected that the national team coach would include one or two of those four players, but not all of them. Löw justified his decision in front of the press, stating:

“We’ve been watching them for a long time. Sané is incredibly quick. Weigl is playing a great role at BVB. Kimmich can be used in many different ways. Brandt has a great technique and he’s quick.”

All 27 players have been nominated out of Löw’s conviction that they could help the team according to the coach. There are no obvious choices to leave the 27 player squad, and the coach says that he needs to see them all under training conditions before he can reach a decision about the four players who have to leave the squad. The 56-year-old explained:

“It’s about more than just playing good football. It’s always about the team. The collective is more important than every single player.”

Omissions

14 of the 27 players in Löw’s squad won the World Cup with Germany. Several of the players who won the World Cup in Brazil haven’t made the squad. Midfielder Christoph Kramer won’t be back in action for the national team during the EUROs and Borussia Dortmund’s Erik Durm and Matthias Ginter haven’t been included in Löw’s squad either. Furthermore, Leverkusen’s keeper Bernd Leno has replaced Ron Robert Zieler amongst the goalkeepers of the national team. The fact that Kevin Grosskreutz wasn’t included in the team didn’t come as a surprise compared to the other four omissions.

Löw himself highlighted the fact that he had the luxury of having to choose from a wealth of great talent. The national team coach told the press:

“The greatest respect goes out to the players who weren’t nominated. Those weren’t easy phone calls to make.”

Schweini and Poldi are back again

Bastian Schweinsteiger is currently struggling to get back from injury, but the national team coach seems to trust his skipper. Löw highlighted on today’s press conference how important the 31-year-old player can be for the national team:

“We have to wait a little while longer, but I assume that he’ll make it. If he’s fit and he doesn’t feel any pain in the aftermath of his injury he’ll be very important for us.”

Additionally Löw took it upon himself highlight how highly he values the presence of Lukas Podolski in his squad:

“He’s a player who I have been following for years. He has a sporting value for the team, even though some people somehow can’t see that.”

The coach and his 27 man squad are starting their training camp in Switzerland on May 24th. By May 31nd Löw must decide which 23 players he wants to include in his final roster for the EUROs.

The squad

Goal: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)

Defence: Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Shkodran Mustafi (FC Valencia), Emre Can (FC Liverpool), Sebastian Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim), Antonio Rüdiger (AS Rom)

Midfield and attack: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray Istanbul), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern), Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Gomez (Besiktas Istanbul), Mario Götze (FC Bayern), Leroy Sané (Schalke 04), André Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg)

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-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.