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Germany Euro 2024 squad: Hummels, Goretzka out, Pavlovic in

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Germany’s provisional squad for Euro 2024 was announced on May 16, 2024.

Julian Nagelsmann named 27 players in his provisional roster, ahead of a training camp and warm-up friendly matches that will take place in early June ahead of the tournament on home soil.

After a disappointing time at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, in which they were eliminated at the group stage for the second World Cup in succession
, there is great pressure on the 2014 world champions to impress in their home Euros. Nagelsmann, who took over from Hansi Flick in September 2023 following a disappointing run of results, is expected to lead a challenge for the trophy in front of expectant supporters.

His squad will have to be reduced by at least one prior to the start of the finals, which means these players must impress the head coach during the training camp and June friendlies against Ukraine and Greece if they are to earn a spot on the final roster.

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Nagelsmann’s provisional squad for Euro 2024 contains an interesting mix of veterans and more inexperienced players. A lot of those with few senior international caps are not exactly young, either: the roster has an average age of 28.

The obvious senior figures are Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos, who both seemed to be approaching the end of their international careers on more than one occasion but will now form a critical part of Nagelsmann’s planning. The same can be said for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, now 38, and captain Ilkay Gundogan.

The youngest member of the squad is 20-year-old Aleksandar Pavlovic, who has impressed for Bayern Munich this season and effectively usurped Leon Goretzka in midfield for club and country. Bayern team-mate Jamal Musiala is already a star for his country despite his young age, as his Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz.

There are older players in the group with less experience at this level. Stuttgart defenders Waldemar Anton and Maximilian Mittelstadt had just three caps between them when the provisional squad was announced, while Brighton & Hove Albion’s Pascal Gross is a relative newcomer on the international stage.

Striker Denis Undav, who impressed on loan at Stuttgart from Brighton in 2023/24, only made his senior Germany debut in March.

Ages and caps correct as of squad announcement on May 16

Teams are permitted to name squads of up to 26 players — an increase of three from the previous tournament rules
— with the minimum roster size set at 23.

UEFA regulations do not stipulate how many of those players must be goalkeepers.

As the host nation, Germany were automatically placed into Group A of the tournament. The draw saw Scotland, Hungary, and Switzerland added to the pool.

Nagelsmann’s team are the highest-ranked by FIFA in the group (16th), ahead of Switzerland (19th), Hungary (26th) and Scotland (39th).

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The Germany squad will convene for a training camp in Blankenhain on May 26, although players involved in the UEFA Champions League final — Antonio Rudiger, Toni Kroos, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Niclas Fullkrug — will join up at a later date.

They then head for their Euro 2024 base camp at the adidas campus in Herzogenaurach, ahead of warm-up matches against Ukraine and Greece.

Their opening Euro 2024 match, against Scotland, will kick off the tournament.

Once the final roster has been made official, changes can only be made due to injury or illness up until the team’s opening match of the tournament.

UEFA’s tournament regulations state: “Should listed players or goalkeepers become seriously injured or ill, they may only be substituted if both their team doctor and a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee confirm that the injury or illness is sufficiently serious to prevent them from taking part in the final tournament.”

While any outfield players must be replaced prior to their team’s opening match — for Germany, that’s June 14
— goalkeepers can be changed prior to their next scheduled game once the tournament is underway.

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