Germany are expected to leave Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka and Jonas Hofmann out of their matchday squad to face France in the hotly anticipated Euro 2020 Group F clash in Munich on Tuesday night.
UEFA permitted countries to name expanded 26-player squads for the tournament in light of the increased physical demands of a squeezed 2020/21 club season, but only the usual maximum of 23 can actually be named for each individual match.
That means three out of every 26-player squad have be left out on gameday.
Goretzka and Hofmann have both been nursing injury problems in the lead up to Germany’s opening game. Coach Joachim Low confirmed on Monday that Goretzka has been training with the rest of the squad, but Hofmann has still been missing from sessions.
In light of those fitness concerns, the absence of both from the matchday 23 makes sense.
18-year-old Musiala, meanwhile, is by far the youngest and least experienced member of the Germany squad. The teenager only declared for Germany in February, having previously represented England regularly at youth international level.
Germany will be looking to get off to a positive start on home soil and will want to go deep into the competitionm having exited the 2018 World Cup in the group stages and the previous Euros in the semi-finals.
Expected 23-man Germany matchday squad to face France
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Koch (Leeds), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Christian Gunter (Freiburg)
Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Man City), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Forwards: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Monaco)