Euro 2016 team-by-team guide: Everything you need to know about Germany
Kevin Palmer gives us the lowdown on the France
Group C matches:
- June 12th: Ukraine in Lille
- June 16th: Poland in Saint-Denis
- June 21st: Northern Ireland in Paris
COACH: Joachim Low
International coaching positions tend to run for a maximum of four years for any one individual, yet Low is set to toast a decade at the helm of the German national team later this year and he could do so with another major trophy added to his record.
Low’s success in lifting the 2014 World Cup was a triumph of his steady progress in recent years, with his side’s triumph on South American soil highlighted by their 7-1 semi-final win against hosts Brazil. All has not run smoothly for Germany since then, but Klopp will have them firing at Euro 2016.
STAR MAN: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
One of the most complete forwards in the world game has won so many trophies at the relatively tender age of 26, so he will be keen to add a European Championships gold to his collection this summer.
A class act who finishes chances and provides assists for his colleagues with apparent ease, Muller is a leader of this Germany side and they can rely on him to deliver when it matters most at Euro 2016.
LOOK OUT FOR: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
It was a tragedy that Reus missed out on the World Cup triumph due to injury two years ago, but this dynamic attacking star should be back to his best and hungry for international glory at Euro 2016.
Oozing with pace, invention and finishing power, Reus should be coming into his prime now and that is bad news for the defences he will be looking to rip to shreds in France this summer.
WILD CARD: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
After missing much of this season due to injury, Gotze has made a late push to get in the mix for a place in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad and he could have an impact coming off the bench.
The striker who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final has a pleasing habit of scoring at important moments for club and country and after a difficult couple of years at Bayern, Gotze could come good this summer.
VERDICT: Germany struggled to hit top form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and the Republic of Ireland’s success of taking four points from their two games against Joachim Low’s side highlighted their failings.
However, they will be taking a fearsome squad to the finals in France and while there are some question marks about their defensive solidity, Germany will be one of the teams to beat. Expect Germany to be in the final at Stade de France on July 10th.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Emre Can (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Roma)
Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Mario Gomez (Besiktas)