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Published: 14:48 | 17/5/16

Schweinsteiger included in Germany squad

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named in Germany's provisional squad for Euro 2016.

The Manchester United midfielder has spent the majority of the second half of the season on the sidelines because of a knee injury and will have to prove his fitness to manager Joachim Low if he is to be included in the final 23-man panel for next month's finals in France.

"Schweinsteiger is our captain and of course he's here," Low said at a press conference.

"He's had an injury, but he's able to run now and we've been in touch with him on a daily basis and we'll find out if he can train with us from next week.

"But he's our captain and it's not an issue right now. If he doesn't make it, which we hope will not be the case, then we'll decide what to do."

Low has sprung a few surprises with 20-year-old Schalke forward Leroy Sane included along with Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich, Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl and Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt.

The panel will be cut by four at the end of the month and Low admits he does not know who will be omitted from the final panel.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing these young players," Low added. "We believe the group is more important than every individual player, and this is the criteria we have used to pick our squad.

"We're not getting carried away - we know we are not unbeatable - but we are confident.

"There are no players in this 27-man squad who we already see as candidates to be left out.

"I'm pretty relaxed about it because we've got a few friendlies and we can see who deserves a place in our final squad."

Germany's provisional 27-man squad :
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Ruby (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (Roma)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)

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