Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann announces his 27-man provisional squad for Euro 2024, omitting a World Cup champion, a Bayern Munich standout, and a Premier League standout.

Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann announces his 27-man provisional squad for Euro 2024, omitting a World Cup champion, a Bayern Munich standout, and a Premier League standout.

Germany have confirmed their provisional squad for Euro 2024 this summer.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side will go into the tournament with expectation on their shoulders as the home nations despite their tender run of form.

In the last major tournament, at the 2022 World Cup, they were knocked out in the group stage but have shown sings of improvement under the 36-year-old, most recently beating France and the Netherlands.

A number of big-name stars have been called up to the squad, including the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane, though just three players in the 27-man squad play in the Premier League.

Several key players from past squads have also been left out by Nagelsmann, who announced the squad at a press conference in Berlin, including a defender who could be set to lift the Champions League.

Julian Nagelsmann has named his provisional Germany squad for the summer’s Euro 2024

The home nation's boss posed for photos in Berlin after announcing an initial 27-man set-up

The home nation’s boss posed for photos in Berlin after announcing an initial 27-man set-up

A number of big-name players missed out on selection, including Leon Goretzka (left) and Mats Hummels

A number of big-name players missed out on selection, including Leon Goretzka (left) and Mats Hummels

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Mats Hummels, who has been key to Borussia Dortmund’s run to the final of Europe’s Premier competition this season, has been left out the squad.

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He made the last of his 78 caps for his country in November, but, at 35, his international career appears to be all but over.

Selected in his place are the likes of former Leeds defender Robin Koch, Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah and Hummels’ Dortmund team-mate Nico Cedric Schlotterbeck.

In midfield, there is no place for Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka, with Manchester City hero Stefan Ortega, who has never been capped by his country at senior level, also snubbed.

One of the Premier League players included in the squad is Kai Havertz, who has enjoyed a successful first season with Arsenal after joining from Chelsea.

He joins the likes of Thomas Muller and Maximilian Beier as the forwards in the squad, with Brighton’s Deniz Undav, who has been on loan at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this season, making the cut.

The final English top flight player is Pascal Gross, who has been an almost ever-present for Brighton this term.

27 players have been named by Nagelsmann, who has signed a contract extension to lead the side past the Euros and into the 2026 World Cup.

There had been doubts over his future after he initially signed a short-term deal and was linked with the Bayern Munich job, but he will now look to build progress with his nation and has been ruthless in his selection.

Hummels will play in the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund next month but his international career seems all but over

Hummels will play in the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund next month but his international career seems all but over

Arsenal's Kai Havertz, meanwhile, is included after an impressive season in the Premier League

Arsenal’s Kai Havertz, meanwhile, is included after an impressive season in the Premier League

At least one player will have to be cut from the final squad, with 23 players current allowed to be taken to the tournament.

There have, however, been talks to increase the squad sizes to 26, matching up with recent previous tournaments.

Nagelsmann has named four goalkeepers in his provisional squad – Oliver Baumann, Manuel Neuer, Alexander Nubel and Mac-Andre ter Stegen – with teams usually taking three to international tournaments.

Between the sticks is therefore an area that may be easier to cut numbers, though there is nothing to prevent managers taking fewer players than the allowed group.

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