Bastian Schweinsteiger makes provisional Germany squad
Manchester United midfielder in 27-man party for Euros despite knee injury
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 despite a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Photograph: Getty
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 despite having not played for Manchester United since March with a knee injury.
The Germany captain suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the buildup to the world champions’ 3-2 friendly defeat by England but has been selected in Joachim Löw’s squad.
Mario Goméz, who has just won the Turkish Super Lig with Besiktas, is one of few centre-forwards named by Löw but Germany boast a wealth of attacking talent in Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, the Bayern Munich duo Thomas Müller and Mario Götze, Leroy Sané of Schalke and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup with an ankle injury.
If Podolski, 30, is picked he would be appearing at his seventh successive tournament, having already amassed 127 caps for Germany.
Germany’s 27-man provisional squad for Euro 2016:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Bernd Leno
Defenders: Jérôme Boateng, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Höwedes, Shkodran Mustafi, Emre Can, Sebastian Rudy, Antonio Rüdiger
Midfielders/forwards: Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Marco Reus, Julian Draxler, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Müller, Karim Bellarabi, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Julian Brandt, Julian Weigl, Mario Gómez, Mario Götze, Leroy Sané, André Schürrle, Joshua Kimmich