Joachim Löw has officially announced his 26-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament this summer. It was only yesterday that we picked our personal squad for this summer’s Euros, and it appears Joachim Löw is on almost the exact same page as us with his selections. Below is the 26-man squad, which will serve as his final squad as the German national team manager.
Manuel Neuer makes the team as the first choice keeper after two more fantastic seasons with Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League last year. Bernd Leno has earned himself a surprise selection ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, after struggling this season with Arsenal. But the final spot was more clear-cut with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp an easy decision.
Unlike any other position, Die Mannschaft don’t have any world class right-backs and may struggle to identify best fits. Lukas Klostermann has emerged as Low’s recent favourite due to his positive performances at second-place Leipzig, and can also play at right-centre-back in a back-three. Ridle Baku would have been an ideal candidate for the right-wing-back role having played both wing and fullback this season, however Joachim Löw has opted to only pick Klostermann in the position, knowing that the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Emre Can and Niklas Sule can all fill in should they be required. Jonas Hofmann could also be given minutes as a right-wing-back, but this seems like a stretch given the midfielder’s more attack-minded role for Monchengladbach.
We estimated that Joachim Löw would likely select four or five centre-backs, knowing that Emre Can can also play in the position if need be. Löw lined up with our assumptions in the position, picking every single player we referenced yesterday, but also adding Leeds United defender Robin Koch. Koch is an interesting selection, having only appeared in half of Leeds’ fixtures this season. Jonathan Tah can consider himself very unlucky to miss out to the Leeds man.
But Germany certainly will not need to rely on Robin Koch by any stretch of the imagination. Matthias Ginter – the excellent Monchengladbach defender will battle for a place in the team alongside Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule. In a back-three, both Klostermann and Halstenberg can also fulfill any voids, only increasing the depth that Germany have in the position. This certainly isn’t an area of the field that die Mannschaft should have any concerns about, and the centre-backs will likely be very important to helping organize the back-line and make up for the inexperience at fullback. In fact, with this many centre-backs, this may be a sign that Löw is in fact preparing for a back-three.
After picking just one natural right-back, Joachim Löw has increased the depth at fullback by selecting three solid left-backs. Robin Gosens has achieved unbelievable heights since breaking in Atalanta, and has netted 11 goals with 6 assists this season from left-wing-back. Marcel Halstenberg meanwhile can play as a left-centre-back, left-back or left-wing-back, and his versatility in that regard will be key. But it’s SC Freiburg’s Christian Günter who earns a surprise but welcome selection in the team, after his fantastic season with the Bundesliga’s current 10th place team.
Defensive and central midfield is one of the strongest areas of Joachim Löw’s team, particularly due to having the best defensive midfielder in the world. Joshua Kimmich‘s had a phenomenal season for Bayern Munich, assisting 10 goals in 26 matches. He will easily anchor the midfield, or could add an additional option at right-back if need be for Joachim Löw’s team. Emre Can was another undeniable selectee for the team, and his versatility will be crucial for Germany’s success at the tournament after his solid season for Dortmund.
The German team is stacked with talented central midfielders and all of our picks have been selected except for silky smooth Dortmund man Mahmoud Dahoud. Instead, Joachim Löw has handed a place to Florian Neuhaus, despite the Monchengladbach man never really nailing down a starting place in Marco Rose’s team this season. But Neuhaus’ selection is another one similar to Robin Koch, in that Germany by no means will need to rely on the 24-year-old. Instead they have the likes of goal-scoring midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, box to box talisman Leon Goretzka and midfield maestro Toni Kroos, all of whom can claim to be among the world’s very best midfielders, if not players.
Perhaps hinting at the formation he’s going to play, Joachim Löw is a bit short on attacking midfielders. Thomas Muller is the biggest name in the team, and earns himself a spectacular recall after missing out on all of the recent squads. Marco Reus meanwhile announced yesterday that he would not be taking part in the squad (a.k.a. likely turned down an offer), leaving Chelsea’s Kai Havertz in his stead. The former Leverkusen man’s versatility and verv could prove to be more key than expected, as he can play as a false nine, on the wing or as a number ten. Perhaps slightly surprisingly, Joachim Löw’s opted not to hand an experience to 18-year-old Florian Wirtz, who’s scored 5 goals with 5 assists this season for Bayer Leverkusen. He does however have another 18-year-old in his squad that we’ll speak to next, so perhaps one was enough.
While Joachim Löw has loads of depth in midfield, the wings have a bit fewer solid options. Bayern Munich’s trio of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala will be Low’s first choices and have all earned selections. The three of them have contributed 21 goals and 12 assists this season to Bayern’s insane goal tally. While Sane and Gnabry have been regulars in the German team for years, Jamal Musiala is only 18-years-old and would likely benefit from the experience. Jonas Hofmann has also earned himself a place in the squad, after his phenomenal 11-assist season for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Up front, Germany have very few options. Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz, and Leroy Sane could all theoretically help to fulfill the void. We were struggling to find anyone worthy of a selection other than Timo Werner yesterday, who isn’t even an out-and-out striker himself. But Löw’s added some depth to the position with AS Monaco’s mobile forward Kevin Volland, who made a fantastic career for himself in the Bundesliga over the past decade. Germany could do with more depth at the position rather than that fifth centre-back, but die Mannschaft have probably selected the best two options out there.
So there it is! Joachim Löw’s German national team squad for Euro 2020. Be sure to share who would make your team in the comments below or on Twitter @bundesligatms. Thanks for reading and see you soon!