The remarkable rise of Germany's Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry, Germany - Euro 2020
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When Germany named their squad for Euro 2016, Serge Gnabry wasn’t exactly hanging by the telephone. 

After all, the winger had made just one Premier League appearance in the 2015-16 season: loaned out to West Bromwich Albion by parent club Arsenal, Gnabry couldn’t get in a team that spent most of the campaign bouncing between 12th and 15th place. Tony Pulis claimed he wasn’t “at that level” required to play for the battling Baggies, and chose to field Craig Gardner or James Morrison out wide instead. Across five months, Gnabry played 12 league minutes. Representing his country was the last thing on his mind.

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