UEFA Nations League: Germany invites Niklas Süle, excludes Nuer, Gnabry, Kimmich, and Goretzka

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Germany coach, Joachim Löw has named a 22-man squad for Germany’s UEFA Nations League games against Spain and Switzerland in September.

From the list released, Bayern Munich defender, Niklas Süle will be making his return to the national team. This is after the center back made his comeback from injury in the Champions League game against Lyon.

Although Sule was limping at a point in the game, but he shaked off his injury and completed the game. He however returned to the bench in the final against PSG.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus also got his first call up to the national team after an impressive season.

Germany coach rest players heavily involved in Champions League

Löw had said that he won’t call up players who had featured heavily in the closing stages of this month’s UEFA Champions League.

So, this led to the absence of Bayern’s treble winners Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, and Leon Goretzka in the list. Others given a break is Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann, who reached the Champions League semi-finals with RB Leipzig.

All those excluded have been given extra time to recover ahead of the new Bundesliga season which gets underway on 18 September.

Niklas Süle returned from injury to help Bayern Munich win the UEFA Champions League in August.

“Neuhaus is a very game-intelligent player. He’s a player who’s developed very well and deserves this call-up,” Germany head coach Löw at a press conference on Tuesday.

Another player receiving his first call up is Atalanta’s Robin Gosens. The Serie A player had a fantastic season with the Bergamo club in the UEFA Champions League. They were edged out by finalist PSG in quarter-finals.

Germany will begin their Nations League campaign with a home game against Spain in Stuttgart on 3 September. They will later travel to face Switzerland in Basel on 6 September.

The game against the La Roja will be the first international outing Germany has been involved in for 10 months – the longest break since the second World War. This was due to the COVID-19 pandemic that halted all sporting activities for three months.

Full squad list of Germany National team

Goalkeepers: Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim)

Defenders: Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Nico Schulz (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Koch (Freiburg)

Midfielders: Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Suat Serdar (Schalke), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)