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Draxler handed Germany chance

Uncapped 18-year-old named in provisional squad

ESPN staff
Julian Draxler won the DFB-Pokal with Schalke last season© Getty Images

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler was the surprise inclusion in Germany coach Joachim Low's provisional squad for Euro 2012.

Draxler, 18, was the only uncapped outfield player in Low's 27-man squad, which he will reduce to 23 by May 25.

Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was also included as one of four goalkeepers, while Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was named despite him having missed the latter stage of the domestic season with an ankle injury.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Tim Wiese (SV Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).

Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio).


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