Joachim Low has nominated a 27-man Germany provisional squad to compete for his final selection for Euro 2012.
With many star players set to arrive late due to club commitments, the trainer has selected an expanded team to travel to Sardinia on May 11. And given the opportunity to experiment, Low has selected Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler.
Having only celebrated his 20th birthday last week, the Ter Stegen earns his first call-up, as does the 18-year-old winger Draxler. Additionally, Low has recalled Ilkay Gundogan.
However, the Germany coach opted not to recall Patrick Helmes, Mike Hanke, and Stefan Kiessling, choosing Cacau as his third striker alongside Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez. Additionally, Marko Marin, Simon Rolfes, Christian Trasch and Dennis Aogo will miss out on the tournament.
Low will be without many of his key players as he begins preparations later this week. Sven Bender, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer will be with Dortmund through May 12th, when the DFB-Pokal final takes place. In addition, Real Madrid duo Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira will not join the national team until after their final Liga match, on May 13.
The biggest loss Low will suffer is the absence of eight Bayern Munich players - including captain Philipp Lahm and deputy Bastian Schweinsteiger - who will be with their club until after May 22, when a friendly with the Netherlands is scheduled to be played. Accordingly, he has named an expanded squad, which will be trimmed to 23 on May 29.
The squad in full:
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich|
|Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Monchengladbach|
|Tim Wiese||Werder Bremen|
|Holger Badstuber||Bayern Munich|
|Jerome Boateng||Bayern Munich|
|Philipp Lahm||Bayern Munich|
|Sami Khedira||Real Madrid|
|Toni Kroos||Bayern Munich|
|Mesut Ozil||Real Madrid|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger||Bayern Munich|
|Mario Gomez||Bayern Munich|
|Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich|