Germany women’s national team coach Steffi Jones has announced her final squad for the Women’s EURO 2017 in the Netherlands on Friday. It is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen).
Defenders: Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Kristin Demann (Bayern Munich), Kathrin Hendrich (1.FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyon), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Leonie Maier (Bayern Munich), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), Carolin Simon (SC Freiburg).
Midfielders: Sara Däbritz (Bayern Munich), Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling (VfL Wolfsburg), Tabea Kemme (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam), Lina Magull (VfL Wolfsburg), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon).
Forwards: Svenja Huth (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam), Mandy Islacker (1.FFC Frankfurt), Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg), Anja Mittag (FC Rosengard), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg).
That means that apart from the injured Wolfsburg star Alexandra Popp, Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyon), Johanna Elsig (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Lea Schüller (SGS Essen), Lisa Schmitz (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam) and Carina Schlüter (SC Sand) did not make the cut.
According to the website of “FFussball Magzin”, the squad’s most experienced players are Anja Mittag (153 caps), Babett Peter (106 caps) and Lena Goeßling (93 caps).
Meanwhile, Anna Blässe, Kristin Demann, Carolin Simon, Sara Doorsoun, Linda Dallmann, Lina Magull, Mandy Islacker and Hasret Kayikci are all without any senior EURO or World Cup experience for Germany.
Before traveling to the Netherlands, the team will a friendly vs. Brazil at home on Tuesday.
The choice of Brazil as the last opponent before the tournament is somewhat risky, given that they are known for their physical style of play (very unlike their men’s team), which may cause the Germans further injuries.
Despite Steffi Jones’ choice of plenty of youth in the squad, Germany will be the favorites to lift the European Cup once again on the 6th of August.