Joachim Löw has named his Germany squad for this summer’s rescheduled UEFA European Championships, with Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels recalled, and Jamal Musiala also included.
Löw has selected a 26-player squad instead of the usual 23, with UEFA allowing a squad increase to lessen the load on players after a club season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, the Germany coach has named the following players in his squad for Euro 2020:
Forwards: Kevin Volland, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry
“I’m delighted to be part of the national team again,” Müller told the Bayern website, two years after being informed – along with fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning cornerstones Jerome Boateng and Hummels – that he was not part of Löw’s plans.
“During the amicable and open telephone conversations we had with Joachim Löw in the run-up to the squad announcement, we discussed what we expect from each other in the coming weeks. The sporting challenge of once again representing Germany at a tournament together with the boys – and the chance to win the European Championship title – really excite me.”
Müller’s club-mate Musiala gets the nod after a remarkable breakout season at Bayern. The 18-year-old midfielder made his senior international debut in March, having chosen to represent Germany – his country of birth – over England.
“It’s a dream come true,” he wrote on his Twitter channel. “I’m proud and grateful to be given the chance.”
Germany have been drawn in Group F alongside world champions France, Euro holders Portugal and play-off winners Hungary.
Die Mannschaft will play all three of their group fixtures at Munich’s Allianz Arena – one of 11 continental venues for the delayed finals. A quarter-final tie is also scheduled to take place in the Bavarian capital on 2 July.
Germany – who will face Denmark and Latvia in a pair of pre-tournament friendlies on 2 and 7 June respectively – have featured in more European championships than any other nation, winning the competition in 1972, 1980 and 1996. They exited the tournament at the semi-final stage in 2012 and 2016, after finishing runners-up for the third time in 2008.
Löw has already announced that he will step down as coach at the end of tournament – scheduled to run from 11 June to 11 July – following 15 years in charge.