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Mats Hummels, Leon Goretzka dropped from Germany's Euro 2024 squad


Reaching the Champions League final wasn't enough for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels.

A strong finish to the season wasn't enough for Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka.

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann is banking on confidence-boosting friendlies against France and the Netherlands for his European Championship squad, leaving at least two former Germany internationals “absolutely disappointed,” he said.

Germany hosts Euro 2024 from June 14.

Nagelsmann started a shake-up in March and is believing it. Stuttgart goalkeeper Alexander Nubel was the only new name among the 27 called up on Thursday, while Dortmund defender Nico Sloterbeck returned for the first time since last September.

Nagelsmann clearly saw that the winning team did not need to change much. Former internationals Julian Brandt, Emre Can, Robin Goossens and Kevin Trapp were also left out.

Hummels made a strong case for inclusion with his inspirational performance in Dortmund's Champions League final against Real Madrid on June 1, but Nagelsmann said there were “1,000 factors” in the decision not to include the experienced defender, including the team's development at the World Cup in Qatar and the fact he is Real Madrid's He sees Antonio Rudiger and Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah as his preferred central defensive pairing – and someone else will have to be content with a backup role.

Schlotterbeck is clearly content to take on that role. He and Dortmund team-mate Nicklas Fulkrug will join Germany late due to their involvement in the Champions League final, as will Rudiger and Madrid team-mate Toni Kroos, who have been nominated for the tournament.

“It will make training a little bit harder because they are players who are envisioned for the starting lineup, players who are important to the team,” Nagelsmann said of Kroos and Rudiger. “I would love if the players are successful and play great games and come in with a lot of confidence.”

Nagelsmann saw his group announced in a video by students, TV presenters, singers, donner kebab chefs, radio presenters and others, reflecting the mix of German society.

“Super troop. Maybe from me. But it's our squad,” Nagelsmann said at the end of the video, shown at a lavish press conference at sponsor Volkswagen's showroom on Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard.

“It was great,” Nagelsmann said of the unusual announcement. “Thus we have added a lot of people, an experience that is very important for the team, which can guide us to success in the home tournament.

Much of the squad had been “leaked” by the federation through various outlets in the previous days, though the unusual confirmations caused some confusion. Thomas Muller, for example, suggested on Instagram that he was included before being confirmed by the federation.

Muller, who has 128 caps for Germany, is the most experienced player in the squad, followed by Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer (117 appearances) and Kroos (108).

Nagelsmann, who said he was taking four goalkeepers to the tournament, had to whittle his squad down to one before finalizing it.

The German Soccer Federation also announced that Nagelsmann's coaching staff had extended their contracts through the 2026 World Cup, bringing them in line with Nagelsmann, who extended his contract last month.

Nagelsmann's team begins tournament preparations May 26-31 in Blankenhein, central Germany, before traveling to Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, on June 1.

Germany prepare with friendlies against Ukraine in Nuremberg on June 3 and Greece in Mönchengladbach four days later.

The host nation opens the tournament against Scotland in Munich. It then plays Hungary in Stuttgart on June 19 and Switzerland in Frankfurt on June 23.

“I already have the feeling that we can win this thing, that we can earn the belief to win it,” Nagelsmann said.

Germany:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Alexander Nubel (Stuttgart), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim).

Defenders: Waldemar Anton (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henriques (Leipzig), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Robin Koch (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maximilian Mittelstadt (Stuttgart), David Raum (Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nicotor (Real ) Borussia Dortmund), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Robert Andrich (Bayer Leverkusen), Chris Fuhrich (Stuttgart), Pascal Grosz (Brighton), Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Pavlovic (Bayern Munich), (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Maximilian Baer (Hoffenheim), Niklas Fulkrug (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart)

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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