U21 national coach Antonio Di Salvo (centre) will have to do without two top players: Karim Adeyemi (left) and Jonathan Burkardt will miss the European Championship. © Beautiful Sports / ActionPictures / pmk / Imago
Germany will be hoping for their third title in a row at the U21 European Championships. On Friday, national coach Antonio Di Salvo will present the squad.
Frankfurt – The mission to defend the title begins! On Friday, national coach Antonio Di Salvo will announce Germany's squad for the upcoming U21 European Championships (21 June to 8 July) in Georgia and Romania.
|European Under-21 Championship|
|Host countries:||Georgia and Romania|
|Appointment:||21 June to 8 July|
|German group opponents:||Israel, Czech Republic, England|
German squad at the U21 European Championship: With Moukoko, without Burkardt
The big questions in advance: Who is there? Who is missing? According to kicker information, Youssoufa Moukoko will be part of the 26-man squad that Di Salvo will present on Friday. He will have to cut three players from the same by June 14 in order to then move into the European Championship camp with his final squad. From 10 June, the three-time European champion (2009, 2019, 2021) will prepare for the tournament in Prato in South Tyrol. Will the foundation for the title hat-trick be laid there?
The DFB selection is one of the favourites simply because of its successes at the last two European Championships. However, Di Salvo will have to do without some prominent names when he announces his squad on Friday. Captain Jonathan Burkardt will definitely be absent. The Mainz player has already missed large parts of the Bundesliga season, and the striker has been out for more than six months due to bone marrow oedema in his knee. Now he has undergone knee surgery again and will have to fit for another four months.
Germany's squad for the U21 European Championship: Several prominent names are missing
In addition, Premier League defender Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton) suffered a muscle injury in the final spurt of the season. Karim Adeyemi would also have been considered for the U21s, although he would probably have been more of an issue for Hansi Flick's senior squad due to his sometimes outstanding performances at BVB. But he has to fit – also because of muscular problems.
HSV defender Noah Katterbach (cruciate ligament rupture) is missing anyway, with Felix Nmecha (ankle problems) there could be another prominent absence for the German U21s. So the list of possible cancellations is long – and yet Di Salvo should still have enough alternatives at his disposal.
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Netz, Martel, Krauß, Knauff and Co.: A lot of Bundesliga experience for the German U21s
Malick Thiaw (AC Milan) has had a strong season in Serie A, Freiburg's Kenneth Schmidt has recently been able to get a taste of Bundesliga air. And with teammate Noah Atubolu, the future number one of the Breisgau team and one of Germany's greatest goalkeeping talents has been between the DFB posts for years.
In addition, with Luca Netz (Gladbach), Eric Martel (Cologne), Tom Krauß (Schalke) and Ansgar Knauff (Frankfurt), there are plenty of other players who have already gained a lot of experience. Josha Vagnoman, who is currently still fighting for a place in the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart against HSV, is also part of the DFB squad, according to kicker information. Germany kick off their tournament against Israel on 22 June. Group C will also face the Czech Republic on 25 June and England on 28 June. (akl)