So, we now know the final twenty-three man squad that will be going to the Euros. No surprise really – the selection was exactly was what I expected, though it would have been nice had the Maharishi Jogi gone with my heart’s choice rather than my head’s.
If you have read any of my more recent posts, you’d have got the gist already: suspect BV 09 Borussia Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer has made the cut, while Schalke 04 youngster Julian Draxler has to look forward to spending the school holidays zu hause and fighting for a place once the qualifiers for Brazil 2014 begin.
Given the lack of depth in defence I always knew that Schmelzer would be picked, but given his abysmal display at the weekend – and his catalogue of poor performances in the Nationaltrikot in general – I had secretly hoped that Draxler might have taken that final place. Ja, na... I just hope he’ll just be there to carry drinks.
The other three men to miss out were pretty much in line with the opinions that had been circulating in the various fan forums and Twitter feeds – Sven Bender misses out while his twin brother Lars makes the cut, Marc-André ter Stegen’s indecisive performance on Saturday means that he is the ‘keeper that misses out, and striker Cacau’s role as team motivator and prankster comes to an end as the coach sticks with the two specialist strikers – with Marco Reus as a possible backup.
The latest squad details can be found here.