Things haven't quite gone according to plan for Germany following their World Cup triumph in 2014, and Joachim Low's side have something to prove this summer.
Euro 2020 is Low's final international competition in charge of the national team, and he will be looking to exit on a high. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set to miss the tournament through injury, and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt will play understudy to Manuel Neuer.
Younger stars such as Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz, have taken more prominent roles, while Florian Neuhaus and Jamal Musiala have also forced their way into this summer’s plans.
Here are the four most important players to look out for in Germany's squad for Euro 2020.
4. Joshua Kimmich
The 26-year-old has turned into one of the most complete players, for both club and country. Kimmich has a unique ability to split defences open while also bringing plenty of bite to his defensive duties. With players like Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, and Leon Goretzka in the squad, Low is going to have a tough time in picking who starts.
3. Kai Havertz
Havertz scored Chelsea's winner in the Champions League final and will be brimming with confidence heading into the Euros. While he struggled to justify his £71million, Havertz has provided glimpses of his top form, and will be hoping to replicate that for his county. The 21-year-old has three goals in 13 caps for Germany and will want to shine on the biggest stage of his career to date.
2. Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet both with the ball at his feet and at keeping it out of the net. The Bayern captain has kept 24 clean sheets in the Bundesliga alone since the start of last season, and will play a key part for Low's side this summer.
1. Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller returns to the Germany squad for the first time since 2018, and the Bayern Munich stalwart will be expected to perform his best, following a stellar season for his club. He played a major role in Bayern’s ninth consecutive championship, scoring 11 goals and proving 18 assists in the league, alone.