Premier League trio Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil and Emre Can have been included in Germany’s squad for Euro 2016.
Die Mannschaft have named a provisional 27-man party for the tournament in France and coach Joachim Low will need to cut four names from his party ahead of the May 31 deadline.
Germany captain Schweinsteiger is perhaps the biggest surprise, given the ligament damage he sustained in the run-up to the friendly with England in March. The midfielder hasn’t played for Manchester United since.
The 31-year-old had only recently returned from a two-month lay off, before suffering the partial medial collateral ligament tear in training.
Low has previously suggested that he will give Schweinsteiger as long as possible to prove his fitness.
Liverpool defender Emre Can is included among eight defenders named, which again suggests that he will play at fullback for Die Mannschaft in France.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is also named, along with Liverpool target Mario Gotze. Bayern Munich starlet Joshua Kimmich and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl are both also included.
“We have a lot of attention made of our team and our players,” explained Low. “The decisions are not always easy.
“[But] It’s about the team. This attitude has made us always strong in the past. The collective is more important than any individual player. ”
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