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Germany Euro 2020 squad: Full team profile

Kai Havertz, Germany Euro 2020 squad
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The Germany Euro 2020 squad has an unsurprising reliance on Bayern Munich players – eight members ply their trade for the Bundesliga champions, including 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, a breakout star in the German league this season.

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Germany Euro 2020 squad

  • GK: Manuel Neuer, (Bayern Munich)
  • GK: Bernd Leno, (Arsenal)
  • GK: Kevin Trapp, (Eintracht Frankfurt)
  • DF: Robin Koch, (Leeds)
  • DF: Christian Gunter, (Freiburg)
  • DF: Mats Hummels, (Borussia Dortmund)
  • DF: Antonio Rüdiger, (Chelsea)
  • DF: Matthias Ginter, (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • DF: Emre Can, (Borussia Dortmund)
  • DF: Niklas Sule, (Bayern Munich)
  • DF: Lukas Klostermann, (RB Leipzig)
  • DF: Marcel Halstenberg, (RB Leipzig)
  • DF: Robin Gosens, (Atalanta)
  • MF: Toni Kroos, (Real Madrid)
  • MF: Joshua Kimmich, (Bayern Munich)
  • MF: Thomas Muller, (Bayern Munich)
  • MF: İlkay Gundogan, (Manchester City)
  • MF: Leon Goretzka, (Bayern Munich)
  • MF: Leroy Sané, (Bayern Munich)
  • MF: Kai Havertz, (Chelsea)
  • MF: Florian Neuhaus, (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
  • MF: Jonas Hofmann, (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
  • MF: Jamal Musiala, (Bayern Munich)
  • FW: Timo Werner, (Chelsea)
  • FW: Serge Gnabry, (Bayern Munich)
  • FW: Kevin Volland, (Monaco)

Germany Euro 2020 squad: Team profile

If one man was grateful for Euro 2020 being delayed by a year, it was Joachim Löw. As Germany trudged glumly towards the tournament last summer, before COVID-19 intervened, there were serious concerns about a harrowing repeat of their 2018 World Cup display. 

Despite having access to a reliable production line of talent, Die Mannschaft spent too much of their post-Russia rebuild spluttering. That’s partly because the German FA left themselves no other choice, having awarded Löw a juicy new contract before that World Cup, but also because of their long-serving manager’s insistence in his ability to still do the job.

Other than a defeat to the Netherlands, Germany’s 2019 was largely a step in the right direction on the field. Off it, Löw’s bold move to retire three stalwarts in Thomas Muller (29 years old at the time), Mats Hummels (30) and Jerome Boateng (also 30), all with immediate effect, was accompanied by the resignation of embattled FA president Reinhard Grindel, as drama became the norm.

The delay of the Euros seemed to give them time to take stock, but Löw spent most of 2020 persisting with a back three, adamant that Germany needed to be tactically flexible against top teams. His side, meanwhile, kept drawing and conceding easy goals.

Then came the nadir, as their year finished with an emphatic hammering
by Spain. That shocking 6-0 defeat was Germany’s worst since 1931, and led to questions being asked of Löw’s future. “Now Jogi is wobbling!” squealed the headline in tabloid Bild, who pondered alternative candidates seven months out from the finals.

As Euro 2020 drew ever nearer, the DFB announced that Löw will step down after the tournament, amid all the destablising speculation about his future. Weeks later, though, they lost to North Macedonia in World Cup qualifying, and big questions remain. Will Löw recall Muller, or his other exiles? Will he go for three at the back, or opt for a four? Will Germany make the most of this summer’s competition?

We now know the answer to the first question is 'yes', but it is the latter that’s the biggest question of all. They’re less likely than ever to challenge for the trophy, but this team can still take a step forward in its development. That is the optimistic view at home, anyway. Plenty more fear Germany will go down in flames for the second tournament in a row.  

Germany Euro 2020 squad: Who is Germany's best player?

Joshua Kimmich

You can make a case that Manuel Neuer’s form really holds the key for this Germany team, but if there’s one player who gives his side the best chance of doing well when he’s on song, it’s Kimmich. The 26-year-old Bayern man has become one of the most complete players in the game, whether in midfield or at right-back.

Germany Euro 2020 squad: Who is Germany's manager?

Joachim Löw

Löw’s 15-year stint as Germany boss is ending whatever happens this summer, but first he must make sure he doesn’t take his team’s development back a few cycles. His legacy is on the line here.

Germany's past Euros record

Germany have won the European Championships on three occasions: 1972, 1980 and, of course, at Wembley in 1996.

They've reached the semi-finals on a further three occasions, including the last two tournaments, and were runners-up in 1976.

They have also failed to get out of the group stage three times, in 1984, 2000, and 2004 – a very real possibility this time around, with France and Portugal to get past in Group F.

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