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Lewis Holtby To Captain Germany Under 21s In European Championship

Holtby formerly played for Bundesliga side Schalke.

Holtby formerly played for Bundesliga side Schalke.

Germany coach Ranier Adrion has selected his provisional 25-man squad to choose from for the European Under 21 Championship in Israel next month.

Among the names chosen is Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby, who will captain the Germans in the tournament.

Despite being 22-years-old, he falls into selection for the tournament after being in the same category as Kevin Strootman is for Holland – the fact he was born after 1st January 1990.

Holtby will surely hope his experience can fire the German’s far in the tournament as he draws on his three senior caps and 21 appearances at Under 21 level already, in which he has grabbed 13 goals – impressive for a midfield man.

The former Schalke man joined Spurs this January for around 1.75 million euros. He initially signed a deal to join Spurs in the summer for free, which would have allowed him to see out his contract at the Bundesliga giants.

Other names in Adrion’s squad include Bayern Munich midfielder Emre Can, who made four appearances for the Champions League finalists this year, and Sead Kolasinac of Schalke, who played in both legs of their European Cup last-16 tie against Galatasaray.

Adrion will trim his squad by 2 players on 27th May, with Jan Kirchhoff and Tolgay Arslan likely to both miss out with injuries to the groin and knee respectively.

Full Germany squad (from uefa.com)

Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann (SC Freiburg), Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Timo Horn (1. FC Köln).

Defenders: Tony Jantschke (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jan Kirchhoff (1. FSV Mainz 05), Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Oliver Sorg (SC Freiburg), Stefan Thesker (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Lasse Sobiech (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Shkodran Mustafi (UC Sampdoria).

Midfielders: Tolgay Arslan (Hamburger SV), Christian Clemens (1. FC Köln), Patrick Funk (FC St Pauli), Patrick Herrmann (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach), Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Christoph Moritz (FC Schalke 04), Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt), Sebastian Rudy (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Emre Can (FC Bayern München).

Forwards: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hertha BSC Berlin), Peniel Mlapa (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Polter (1. FC Nürnberg), Kevin Volland (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

 

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