Talk about a bad day getting worse.
On Saturday, debuting German international Marc-André ter Stegen allowed five goals to Switzerland in a 5-3 loss. On Tuesday, German coach Joachim Low released him.
Low announced his final 23-man roster Tuesday for the 2012 European Championship, which begins June 8. Also among the four cuts was 18-year-old Julian Draxler, who made his senior international debut in Saturday’s loss, as well.
His Germany’s final 23-man assembly. There’s ample star power in there, including about five with player of the tournament potential:
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielders Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze and forwards Lukas Podolski and Mario Gomez. You could probably even toss midfielder Toni Kroos and versatile attacker Thomas Muller on that list, too.
The complete roster:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover);
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (all Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund);
Midfielders: Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mario Goetze, Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen).
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) Miroslav Klose (Lazio).
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