Germany enter Euro 2012, as everyone’s favorites to win the tournament, after having come so close in Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010. Their squad is young and talented, and probably one of the strongest squads in the tournament. It was a hard choice selecting 3 young players here, as all of them are quality players. However, I have selected three lesser known players.
Lars Bender, 23, Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Midfielder, 6 international caps
Lars Bender is a cultured defensive midfielder, who has shot to prominence as an integral part of the Bayer Leverkusen side that has performed consistently in the Bundesliga. Despite stiff competition for places at the club, Bender has been successful in holding down his, and has been rewarded with 6 German caps so far. Clean and decisive on the tackle, he is also adept at orchestrating plays from midfield.
André Schürrle, 21, Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Forward/Winger, 14 international caps
A brilliant winger, blessed with amazing dribbling skills and pace, Schürrle has burst on to the international scene with a lot of promise. With his work rate and stamina, coupled with his calmness in possession and finishing skills, he could go on to be a very important player from club and country. He first appeared in the Bundesliga with FSV Mainz, in the 2009/10 season, but made a real impact next season, when he scored 15 goals. He moved to Leverkusen for £6.5 million, where he has been played more on the wing rather than centrally, yet managed to score 8 goals. In just 14 international games, he has scored 7 goals, including goals against Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium and Switzerland.
Marco Reus, 23, Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Striker, 6 international caps
Young striker Marco Reus made his first appearance in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2008/2009 season, where he largely played as a sub, and scored 4 goals. In his first full season, he was more involved, and ended with 8 goals. Over the next two seasons, he would be a prolific scorer, scoring 31 goals and chalking up 20 assists, and earning himself German caps. He moved to German champions Borussia Dortmund in the close season. He scored in the 5-3 loss to Switzerland, and will be back up to Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose.