Germany Boss Nagelsmann Ignores Hummels and Sticks with the Regular Players at the 2024 European Championship - Latest Global News

Germany Boss Nagelsmann Ignores Hummels and Sticks with the Regular Players at the 2024 European Championship

German national soccer coach Julian Nagelsmann ignored late claims from Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Julian Brandt when he named a largely unchanged squad for Euro 2024.

2014 World Cup winner Hummels and midfielder Brandt were key figures in Dortmund’s journey to the Champions League final, where they will face Real Madrid. However, Nagelsmann said on Thursday that he preferred to stay with the team that beat France and the Netherlands in March.

Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka was also left out of the hosts’ 27-man squad – which will be reduced to 26 after June’s friendlies against Ukraine and Greece – while his teammate Serge Gnabry was left out due to injury.

Germany was eliminated in the group phase of the last two World Cups and in the round of 16 at the 2021 European Championship, but had a bad 2023, winning only three of eleven games, which cost then-coach Hansi Flick his job.

After defeats against Turkey and Austria until the end of 2023, Nagelsmann called up a heavily changed squad for the friendly games in March, including players from Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen and the in-form Stuttgart.

Germany impressed with victories over the 2022 World Cup finalists France and the Netherlands.

Nagelsmann has now brought in Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck and Stuttgart goalkeeper Alex Nübel for Heidenheim’s Jan-Niklas Beste and injured Fulham keeper Bernd Leno.

Bayern’s Leroy Sané, who missed the friendly matches in March due to injury, was also included in the squad.

The announcement, which took place in downtown Berlin near the famous Brandenburg Gate, was attended by three members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winners from Brazil: goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, striker Thomas Müller and midfielder Toni Kroos.

Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gündogan will remain captain despite Neuer’s return, which Nagelsmann had already confirmed before the announcement.

The German Football Association had already announced 18 squad members individually via social media and other sources, thereby curbing speculation about the final composition.

The European Championship starts on June 14th. Germany meets Scotland in Munich.

Germany will head to a pre-Euro 2024 training camp from May 26 to June 1 in the central village of Blankenhain – where England will be based during the tournament.

Four members of the squad: Dortmund’s Schlotterbeck and Niclas Fuellkrug as well as the Real Madrid duo Antonio Rüdiger and Toni Kroos will play in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium on June 1st and will not take part.

Nagelsmann confirmed that the four will join the squad two days after the Champions League final.

Germany will play two friendly matches before the tournament: against Ukraine in Nuremberg on June 3 and against Greece in Mönchengladbach four days later.

Germany squad

goalkeeper: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Alex Nubel (Stuttgart), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP)

defender: Waldemar Anton (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Robin Koch (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maximilian Mittelstaedt (Stuttgart), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid/ESP), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

midfield player: Robert Andrich (Bayer Leverkusen), Chris Fuehrich (Stuttgart), Pascal Gross (Brighton and Hove Albion/ENG), Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona/ESP), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Pavlovic (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forward: Maximilian Beier (Hoffenheim), Niclas Fuellkrug (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart)

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