Bayern Munich have the most players in Germany’s 27-man provisional squad for Euro 2012, three more than Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, while only one player hails from the Premier League
Bayern have eight players in Joachim Low’s squad, including Mario Gomez, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Low will be hoping the Bavarian team’s players don’t pick up any injuries while playing in the Champions League final against Chelsea on 19 May.
The only player in the side based in England is Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, who has an ankle injury. Low has included the player in the squad but is keeping an eye on his progress.
Low said: “We are in constant contact (with Arsenal). He has been training with the team again.
“By flying with the team to Sardinia (for a training camp) he must be at a competition level.”
Only four players in the squad ply their trade outside Germany, lending credence to idea that the Bundesliga is one of the strongest and best-supported leagues in the world.
Germany’s 27-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach), 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), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke)
Strikers: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) and Miroslav Klose (Lazio)