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|EURO 2012 Special: The unlucky trio who missed out for Germany|
The provisional teams for EURO 2012 may have been named several weeks ago, but coaches have now culled their squads down to 23. SoccerAnchor takes a look at those who missed out, and how much it could hurt Germany. Daniel Quinn investigates…
PLAYER ONE: SVEN BENDER
Sven Bender, the twin brother of Lars, was unlucky not to make Germany’s final 23.
Bender had a great season with Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund when he was called upon but did miss a fair few games.
Die Mannschaft coach Joachim Loew may have thought that the central midfielder had missed too many games during the season compared to follow central-midfielders Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, twin brother Lars or Ilkay Gundogan, the latter a Dortmund team-mate.
A broken jaw, suffered against Arsenal gave Gundogan a chance in midfield, who grabbed the chance with two hands, uktimately rewarded with a call-up to Loew’s squad.
For Bender’s sake, there is still plenty of time as the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger is nearing the end of his illustrious career rather than commencing it.
PLAYER TWO: JULIAN DRAXLER
Julian Draxler of Schalke was a surprise selection to the preliminary squad by Loew, however, many managers like to have a youngster - and a definitely a talent youngster - in their squad.
England have done it before on multiple occasions as they took Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this year, and took a 17-year-old Theo Walcott to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Loew may have selected the 18-year-old in his provisional squad in order to better prepare him in the future, especially as he could feature quite heavily during the next World Cup in Brazil, or Euro 2016 in France.
Draxler may have impressed, but the tactician may have thought he was not ready for a big senior tournament.
The creative midfielder had a great second season in the Bundesliga for Schalke and possesses great speed and the ability to run at defenders, a weapon which Loew could have used.
PLAYER THREE: MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN
Everybody knows that three goalkeepers are normally taken to big tournaments, and normally only one would get a chance to play. That is the case here with Germany. Manuel Neuer is the first-choice and will be during Euro 2012.
However, Tim Weise was sent along as his back-up, with Ron-Robert Zieler. The former is an experienced campaigner, being around the German national team for several years, and it may be time to introduce some fresh blood.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the one to enter the equation. The Borussia Monchengladbach custodian has been seen as the next Oliver Kahn - a German great - and impressed in his first full Bundesliga season, where the Foals finished fourth.
So the 20-year-old should be blooded into the squad and given a chance impress Loew, whereas Weise won’t be around for much longer, and is currently club-less.