Munich (dpa) – Joachim Löw has nominated an extra-large squad of 29 players with two surprising newcomers for the last three caps of the German national football team in the Corona year 2020.
The Augsburg central defender Felix Uduokhai (23) and the wing defender Philipp Max (27), who moved from FCA to PSV Eindhoven in the summer, were first appointed by the national coach in the DFB selection. The last missing Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan and Thilo Kehrer return. In addition to goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who has just made his return after a long injury break at FC Barcelona, Löw also renounces Marco Reus, although the 31-year-old attacking player at Borussia Dortmund is now back on the rhythm of the match.
Most of the team will meet in Leipzig on Monday afternoon. Only after the test match against the Czech Republic will the Bayern block with Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Sané as well as Gladbach’s Matthias Ginter, Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) and Timo Werner (Chelsea FC) strengthen the team. These eight players are only meant for the last two Nations League matches in Leipzig against Ukraine and in Seville against Spain.
As with the first international three-pack in October, Löw wants to keep the heavy load on the national players under control. “At the European Championship we need players who are fresh after a long season and who are looking forward to success,” said the 60-year-old with a view to 2021. For injuries and corona reasons, Löw is missing Niklas Süle at the end of the year, Kai Havertz, Lukas Klostermann, Julian Draxler, Emre Can and Suat Serdar.