Toni Kroos and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have been left out of the Germany squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia due to injuries.

Midfielder Kroos, who signed a new four-year contract at Real Madrid on Monday, will be absent due to a muscular issue, while Ter Stegen is struggling with a knee problem that has made him a doubt for Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno consequently returns to the fold to provide competition for captain Manuel Neuer, whose spot will be determined by his recovery from the calf injury that curtailed his season in April.

Jonas Hector and Julian Draxler have also been recalled by Joachim Low.

Thilo Kehrer, Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane and Timo Werner will not take part in the European Under-21 Championship despite being eligible.

However, Jonathan Tah and Lukas Klostermann are available to link up with Stefan Kuntz's team for the tournament after the games against Belarus and Estonia on June 8 and 11 respectively.

Germany director Oliver Bierhoff said: "The challenge for Joachim Low and Stefan Kuntz is to find the right balance. On the one hand, we want to present competitive teams who can win their games.

"On the other hand, the coaches must always keep an eye on the individual situation and the best possible development of individuals. This only succeeds with close work.

"The ultimate goal is to return German football to a world-class level."

 

Germany squad in full:

Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt); Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen); Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

Barcelona have confirmed Nelson Semedo did not suffer a concussion in their last LaLiga game of the season against Getafe.

Semedo was taken to hospital with a head injury that appeared to have put his chances of being fit for Saturday's Copa del Rey final in doubt.

But Barcelona confirmed on Monday that right-back Semedo has been cleared following tests and released from a hospital in Bilbao.

"Semedo has passed the tests for his head injury and has been discharged from hospital," a club statement said. 

"He returns to Barcelona to continue with the protocol established in these cases and his return to training will be monitored."

Head coach Ernesto Valverde is seeking to win the LaLiga and Copa del Rey double for the second season in a row when Barca face Valencia in Seville.

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are unlikely to be available due to hamstring injuries, while Arthur is another doubt.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a doubt for the Copa del Rey final after suffering a knee injury.

Ter Stegen has played a key role in Barca's LaLiga title defence, making 35 appearances and displaying consistently excellent form.

Coach Ernesto Valverde has rested the German in recent weeks around the Champions League semi-finals and ahead of the Copa showdown with Valencia on May 25, allowing Jasper Cillessen to step in for the league games against Celta Vigo and Getafe.

However, Ter Stegen has still managed to sustain an injury, with Barca revealing on Thursday the 27-year-old is struggling with discomfort in his right knee.

The club have not given any further details regarding the severity of the injury, but Ter Stegen is likely at least to miss the trip to Eibar on Sunday and is a doubt for the showdown with Valencia in nine days' time.

Joachim Low has hinted Manuel Neuer will remain his first-choice goalkeeper at the start of Germany's Euro 2020 qualification campaign ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Neuer started against Serbia in Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw, suggesting the Bayern Munich goalkeeper is still in front of his rival for the role.

Barcelona's Ter Stegen replaced Neuer at half-time but had very little to do, Germany improving in the second half as they fought back to avoid defeat on home soil.

Germany's qualifying campaign begins on Sunday with a trip to face Netherlands, and Neuer looks set to keep his place in Low's XI.

"You can assume that," Low told reporters when asked if Neuer's selection on Wednesday was an indication of him also doing so on Sunday.

"At the end of last week or in the past, I've already said that Marc-Andre will definitely have some chances. That's my plan.

"Now we have just made one game, in this one he has played a half. That was our decision, that Manuel plays as captain in the first half.

"In the second half then Marc-Andre played, but we still have some games during the year and he will certainly get his opportunity."

RB Leipzig's Lukas Klostermann will make his international debut in a new-look Germany team against Serbia on Wednesday, while Manuel Neuer is preferred to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Head coach Joachim Low shocked German football earlier this month when he announced Bayern Munich stars Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels were no long in consideration for international selection.

The experienced trio all played an important role in Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph, but following an embarrassing title defence in Russia last year which saw them dumped out in the group stage and a dismal Nations League campaign, Low has opted to make changes.

Many have come out in support of the ostracised trio, criticising Low for publicly ending their international careers instead of just dropping them.

Bayern goalkeeper Neuer is one of the few experienced campaigners remaining in the squad and Low's show of faith also extends to keeping him in the starting XI, despite pressure to play Barcelona's Ter Stegen.

But the decision to ditch the World Cup-winning trio has given others the opportunity to impress, with right-back Klostermann earning his first cap.

His Leipzig team-mate Marcel Halstenberg lines up on the other side of defence at left-back, while Jonathan Tah and Niklas Sule are the ones to benefit from the absences of Hummels and Boateng.

Julian Brandt, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz will support Timo Werner in attack, but Toni Kroos and Marco Reus have been left out of the starting XI, with Germany due to face Netherlands in their first Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.

Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic leads the line for visitors Serbia in Wolfsburg.

Germany boss Joachim Low would not reveal whether he intends to start captain Manuel Neuer or Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Wednesday's friendly against Serbia.

Neuer, 32, started each of Germany's three games during their disastrous World Cup 2018 campaign and retained his spot for all four of their Nations League fixtures, when Die Mannschaft were relegated out of the top tier to complete a miserable year.

Low has already shown he is not afraid to move on from the stars that won the World Cup five years ago, with Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller all no longer under consideration.

Bayern's Neuer is still part of Low's plans, though his spot as Germany's number one has come under fresh scrutiny after his disappointing performance in Bayern's Champions League exit to Liverpool last week, with ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaus suggesting that Ter Stegen's "world-class achievements over the past two years" with Barcelona have earned him the opportunity to win the starting berth.

And while Low stressed earlier this week that Germany captain Neuer remains his first-choice keeper, he claimed Ter Stegen would still be given starts and would not reveal who will line up between the posts against Serbia on Wednesday.

"We haven't made a decision yet [over] who will start in goal," Low told reporters at a news conference.

"We will wait until the last training [session]. As I said recently, we have many important games this year and only two friendlies against Serbia and Argentina.

"So Marc will get his chances - that's what I already said.

"How exactly we are going to do it [on Wednesday], I don't know yet. We will talk tonight and with the goalkeepers first."

Germany begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Netherlands on Sunday.

Low's stance on Hummels, Boateng and Muller is an indication he wants the national team to move in a new direction, and he added that he would support his young players in the hope they can develop in international football.

"We now face a new time, a new challenge," Low said.

"I have to give the team the feeling that we fully trust them.

"We have to give them the chance to develop, take over more responsibilities and also, during a rough patch, offer more solutions when they make mistakes so they have the trust to go into the next months."

Joachim Low has called up three new players in his first Germany squad since controversially axing senior trio Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Low confirmed last week that the World Cup-winning trio will not be part of his plans for their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which starts against Netherlands on March 24, four days after a friendly with Serbia.

Low has instead turned to RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin midfielder Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen's exciting forward Maximilian Eggestein as he looks to reverse Die Mannschaft's fortunes after a calamitous World Cup campaign in Russia last year.

Muller, Hummels and Boateng have all expressed disappointment with the communication surrounding the decision to drop them from the squad and Low says he understands their frustrations.

"I understand that the players are incredibly disappointed," he told a media conference.

"I told them that I would be planning without them for the European Championships qualification and I wanted to be honest."

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan have been recalled after missing the squad for November's Nations League meeting with Netherlands and friendly against Russia.

There is no place, however, for Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler, Sebastian Rudy and Mark Uth, who were all included in the initial squad for their last fixtures.

Germany squad in full: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt - on loan from Paris Saint-Germain); Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin); Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Manchester City); Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Maximilian Eggestein (Werder Bremen).

Germany coach Joachim Low has welcomed Marc-Andre ter Stegen's determination to challenge Manuel Neuer for a starting role as the national team's goalkeeper.

Bayern Munich star Neuer remains captain and Low's first-choice shot-stopper, leaving the Barcelona man frustrated at a lack of opportunities to represent his country.

In a recent interview with DAZN, Ter Stegen stressed he is determined to put Neuer under pressure and force his claim to a starting role.

And Low acknowledged the 26-year-old's right to make his feelings known, insisting he did not consider it an attack on his team-mate or coaches.

"I think it's absolutely okay what he said," Low told DAZN.

"It was not an attack towards Manuel Neuer or us coaches. He formulated his ambitions and he is absolutely right to do that because he became a really great goalkeeper in the last two or three years.

"We are happy to have two world-class goalkeepers in Germany. I said last year that Neuer is the number one, also because he is our captain. But this year we have a little restart and Marc will get his chances in the qualification for Euro 2020. The Euros are next summer, we have a little time left until then.

"Of course, there will be a fight [for the number one role]. At the end, the performances always count. Manuel made good performances at the World Cup, although he had a long injury before. Both goalkeepers are on a great level, so this year we'll see what happens. Surely Marc will also get a few games."

Barcelona were right to fine Ousmane Dembele last month for being late to training, according to team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 

France international Dembele was reprimanded for reportedly arriving two hours late to a session on December 9, the day after he scored a fine goal in his side's 4-0 LaLiga win over city rivals Espanyol. 

Reports in Spain claim the fine was more than €100,000, with the 21-year-old said to have angered head coach Ernesto Valverde and the Barca technical staff with his poor punctuality this season. 

Dembele has been in excellent form since his latest indiscretion and has scored three goals in his last two appearances, against Levante in the Copa del Rey and Leganes in LaLiga. 

Ter Stegen hopes Dembele will learn from his mistake and is confident he can blossom into a standout star for the club under the guidance of more senior players. 

"The club has quite rightly reacted [in fining Dembele]," the goalkeeper told Sport Bild. "Ous is still young and will learn from it.

"Basically, I have to say I like it that not all guys are the same in football, otherwise it would be boring. He is a talented footballer who will help us. He is not a complicated guy and is absolutely fine. 

"It is also up to us experienced players to push him a bit in the right direction. The rest has to come from himself." 

Ter Stegen himself is targeting the Germany number one spot, having been disappointed with Joachim Low's decision to name Manuel Neuer as his first choice at the World Cup despite the Bayern Munich man missing much of last season with a foot injury. 

"I want to push until Jogi Low decides on me one day, and I'll be the number one goalkeeper," he said. 

"I was convinced I'd played a very good season, so the moment when Jogi Low announced his decision was of course frustrating. 

"It has something to do with respect. I don't want to attract attention because I open my mouth."

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