BERLIN: Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt were on Tuesday included in Germany’s provisional 27-man squad for next month’s European championships in France.
Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich’s first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany’s Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has 114 caps, has been included as he recovers from a torn medial knee ligament.
Head coach Joachim Löw will cut his squad from 27 to 23 on May 30, the day after their friendly against Slovakia, before their opening Euro 2016 Group C game against Ukraine on June 12.
Löw has also opted to include Galatasaray forward Lukas Podolski, who has made 127 appearances in the famous white shirt.
Both Schweinsteiger and Podolski will be playing in their fourth European championships.
Up-and-coming talents Julian Weigl and Leroy Sane, both 20, from Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 respectively, have been included.
Mario Gomez of Fiorentina, who spent the last season at Besiktas, is the only out-and-out striker included in the squad.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool/ENG), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia/ESP), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rüdiger (AS Roma/ITA)
Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal/ENG), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray/TUR), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04), André Schürrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United/ENG), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)
Striker: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina/ITA)