Low-profile stars make Löw's selection

Marko Marin, Oliver Neuville and Patrick Helmes have been named in Germany's provisional UEFA EURO 2008™ squad despite playing second division football in 2007/08.

Second division
Marin and Neuville represented VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2. Bundesliga this season, while Helmes played for 1. FC Köln, but all three did enough to earn a place in Joachim Löw's draft party. However, there is no place for Valencia CF goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, who has been usurped by Bayer 04 Leverkusen's René Adler, while Manuel Friedrich also misses out with Jermaine Jones, Piotr Trochowski and Tim Borowski battling to fill his boots in midfield.

Decision-making process
"In the last couple of years we have observed around 200 Bundesliga games and have also had numerous practice sessions watched," said Löw. "We have staged international matches and have held meetings with the coaching staff. It was a tough decision, but we have now chosen to give these players our backing for this major tournament." Germany play Belarus in Kaiserslautern in their next friendly on 27 May.

Germany squad
Goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal FC), Robert Enke (Hannover 96), René Adler (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Defenders: Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid CF), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München), Arne Friedrich (Hertha BSC Berlin), Marcell Jansen (FC Bayern München), Clemens Fritz (Werder Bremen), Heiko Westermann (FC Schalke 04).

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea FC), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), Simon Rolfes (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburger SV), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke 04), David Odonkor (Real Betis Balompié), Marko Marin (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (FC Bayern München), Lukas Podolski (FC Bayern München), Mario Gómez (VfB Stuttgart), Kevin Kuranyi (FC Schalke 04), Oliver Neuville (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach), Patrick Helmes (1. FC Köln).