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The BVB captain is one of seven absent players from Euro 2020, who are included by the former Bayern boss in his maiden election
Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has recalled the German national team, while Hansi Flick appointed four unlimited players in his first squad as national team manager.
The BVB captain is one of seven players absent from Joachim Low’s last choice at Euro 2020 included by the former Bayern Munich coach for his maiden joining of games.
Chelsea trio Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner all retain their seats, but there is no room for Mats Hummels or Emre Can, while Matthias Ginter misses Covid-19.
Who is with? Who’s out?
After sitting out in Euro 2020 to overcome fitness problems, Reus is the headline on Flick’s first team since he succeeded Low in the job, following Germany’s defeat in the last 16 to England.
Captain Manuel Neuer headlines the same goalkeeping trio that made this summer’s rearranged tournament, with Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gündogan all retaining their seats.
Hoffenheim defender David Raum, Freiburg midfielder Nico Schlotterbeck, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz and Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi are the quartet without a senior match under their belt, named for the matches with Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland in Group J.
Germany’s squad in full
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Ridle Baku, Robin Gosens, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule
Midfielders / strikers: Karim Adeyemi, Mahmoud Dahoud, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Florian Neuhaus, Marco Reus, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, Florian Wirtz
The bigger picture
Flick hopes to make an immediate impact when he takes charge of his first game next month, with Germany already hiccuping on the road to Qatar.
While victories against Iceland and Romania led them to win a start, a shock turnaround against northern Macedonia means they are in front of the lead in Group J heading into the autumn.
Under new stewardship, they will hope to immediately revive their fortunes when faced with Liechtenstein in St. Petersburg. Bile next week.