Germany football team coach Joachim Low has named a 27-member provisional squad ahead of the Euro 2016, to be held in France next month. Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named the captain.
The influential German midfielder may not have played for the Red Devils since March, owing to a knee ligament injury, but he is expected to be fit in time for the European Championship. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has also made the cut, along with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The squad would be cut down to 23 by the end of the month.
"We have busied ourselves intensively in the past few months and weeks monitoring the players. Each individual has earned our respect, the same goes for those who we could not include," said Low in a statement released on the official Germany team website.
"We have chosen these players because we are convinced that we have a good mixture of experience and youthful exuberance. Overall we have a squad filled with lots of quality, flexibility and versatility. These are good conditions for a successful Euro campaign."
Die Mannschaft are in Group C of the competition, clubbed alongside Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine.
Euro 2016 squads: Germany
Goalkeepers - Manuel Neuer, Ter Stegen, Bernd Leno.
Defenders - Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Benedikt Howedes, Mats Hummels, Sebastian Rudy, Jerome Boateng, Antonio Rudiger.
Midfielders - Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Karim Bellarabi, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Emre Can.
Forwards - Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leroy Sane, Julian Brandt, Julian Weigl, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller.