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Hansi Flick drops two Bayern stars from Germany squad

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The Mannschaft are eager to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup campaign.

Hansi Flick has offered debut call-ups to five German players in his new Mannschaft squad. 

Following a disappointing World Cup campaign in Qatar, Germany start their preparations for the Euro 2024 on home soil.

Joshua Vagnoman, Marius Wolf, Mergim Berisha, Kevin Schade and Felix Nmecha are the called-up players without any experience in international games.

Flick has dropped some big names to open up space for younger stars. Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane haven’t made the cut, while Manuel Neuer has stayed out due to injury. 

Ilkay Gundogan, Niklas Sule, and Antonio Rudiger are the other notable absentees from Flick’s first post-World Cup squad.

“We want to put together a strong squad for Euro 2024 in Germany and it is also important to use the first international matches of the year to invite new players,” Flick said on Friday.

“We are very happy that it [international football] is starting again.”

From the 26 players in Germany’s new squad 15 participated in the World Cup. The Mannschaft’s group-stage exit put pressure on Flick. But the former Bayern boss wants to put the disappointment behind in his side’s preparation for the next major tournament.

“[We want] to give them [the new players] space and the opportunity to show themselves,” he added.

“Every single training session on the way to the European Championship in your own country is enormously important in order to find the best team and to increase the anticipation of the tournament with inspiring performances.”