Low names 22-man German squad for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-23 04:33:11|Editor: Lu Hui
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BERLIN, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Joachim Low revealed his squad for the upcoming encounters against Belarus and Estonia following a press conference on Wednesday.

The Germany head coach has appointed 22 players including three goalkeepers. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen did not make it into the squad due to knee problems hence Bernd Leno moved up. Meanwhile, veteran Manuel Neuer is still questionable as he is recovering from a calf injury.

Low will be definitely without midfielder Toni Kroos who is suffering from muscle afflictions.

However, Low push on with the rejuvenation of the German national team as he has with Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane and Timo Werner seven players, who are still eligible to play for Germany's U-21.

"The ultimate goal is to return to the world class with the German team. The national team started their European Championship qualification with a 3-2 win over the Netherlands and we want to continue on this path with a young and hungry team," Germany's sporting director Oliver Bierhoff said.

"Die Mannschaft" travel to Belarus on June 8 before their host Estonia three days later in Mainz.

Germany sit currently on the second place of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group C, behind Northern Ireland but ahead of rivals Netherlands, Estonia and Belarus.

Following is Germany's full squad:

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (FC Arsenal), Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann (both RB Leipzig), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Nico Schulz (1899 Hoffenheim, next season Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Stark (Hertha BSC), Niklas Sule (FC Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Midfielders/attackers: Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, next season Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich (all FC Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane (both Manchester City), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)