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Germany name injured Bastian Schweinsteiger in Euro 2016 squad, Lukas Podolski makes cut

Germany name injured Schweinsteiger in Euro 2016 squad, Podolski makes cut

17/05/2016 at 21:06Updated 17/05/2016 at 23:17

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has made it into Germany's Euro 2016 squad despite his injury problems.

Schweinsteiger is one of 27 names in Low's preliminary squad, which must be whittled down to 23 by the end of the month.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Neuer, Leno, ter-Stegen

Defenders: Mustafi, Hector, Howedes, Hummels, Can, Rudiger, Boateng, Rudy

Midfielders/ Forwards: Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Schurrle, Podolski, Reus, Muller, Draxler, Kroos, Gotze, Bellarabi, Gomez, Brandt, Sane, Weigl, Kimmich

WHO'S MISSED OUT?

The talent on offer to Joachim Low means there are no glaring omissions, though any of Marcel Schmelzer, Matthias Ginter, Kevin Großkreutz and Jonathan Tah could be aggrieved to miss out.

But this is more about who's in, than who's out.

Schweinsteiger, the captain, has started only 13 Premier League games this season and has not appeared at all since March 20.

However, the 31-year-old has 114 caps for Germany and is an essential part of the squad after having replaced Philipp Lahm as captain following the victorious 2014 World Cup.

Podolski, 30, made his international breakthrough alongside Schweinsteiger at Euro 2004 and has 48 goals in 127 caps.

He only appeared for 192 minutes in qualifying but holds onto his place after scoring 12 goals in 29 league appearances for Galatasaray this season.

OLIVER KAHN:

Pep Guardiola hält viel von Joshua Kimmich

Pep Guardiola hält viel von Joshua KimmichAFP

" Bastian is always very important for the team, even if he is not playing. He is important for the atmosphere and for the leading within team. He did not play more or less in the second round of the season, so it will be very difficult for him to get fit at the point. It’s a herculean task and it’s difficult also for Joachim Löw to take a final decision. "

WILDCARD MOVE...

One of the most notable selections is that of 21-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who in his first season at the club made 15 Bundesliga starts.

Kimmich has not won a single cap for Germany but is included along with fellow new boys Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl.

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How Germany could line up at Euro 2016

WHO ARE THEY PLAYING?

May 29: Germany vs Slovakia (warm up match)

June 4: Germany vs Hungary (warm up match)

June 12: Germany vs Ukraine (Euro 2016, Group C)

June 16: Germany vs Poland (Euro 2016, Group C)

June 21: Northern Ireland vs Germany (Eurio 2016, Group C)

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

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