Most domestic seasons haven’t closed, yet the names of those heading off to the lands of continental glory in the Polkraine are already dropping, along with some of the squads to be whittled down in the coming weeks (the deadline being May 29th). Today Giovanni Trappatoni announced Ireland’s formal 23 and Germany a damn close 27.
Keepers: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde
Defenders: Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Sean St.Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley,
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, James McClean,
Forwards: Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters.
Standby list: Darren Randolph, Paul McShane, Paul Green, Seamus Coleman, Andy Keogh
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert Zieler
Defense: Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer
Midfield: Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Julian Draxler, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Striker: Cacau, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose
Holland boss Bert van Marwijk has named his first shortlist for Euro 2012, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has announced.
The 36-strong preliminary squad for Euro 2012 will convene at the Hoenderloo training camp in the country’s wooded east next Monday.
Apart from the usual suspects, the group includes some surprises. Jasper Cillessen, for instance, is the second-pick goalkeeper at Ajax, after Kenneth Vermeer, who hasn’t been called up. Twente winger Ola John has been struggling with his form in recent matches. PSV left back Erik Pieters, who initially featured on the first shortlist, called off later on Monday after medical tests confirmed that his foot injury won't heal before the tournament kicks off. This prompted Van Marwijk to include Vitesse defender Alexander Büttner (23) in the list.
Young Feyenoord players Erwin Mulder (23, goalkeeper) and Stefan de Vrij (20, central defence) may have been rewarded for the great strides they made this season. The same goes for the even younger Nick Viergever (22, AZ defender), Adam Maher (19, AZ midfielder) and left back Jetro Willems (18, PSV).
Van Marwijk will narrow down the shortlist to around 27 players before flying to Lausanne, Switzerland, for final preparations for no fewer than four friendly matches. The first of those encounters, away against Bayern Münich, is slated for 22 May. It’s followed by home friendlies against Bulgaria, Slovakia and Northern Island.
The Holland manager will name the final 23-man party to travel to Poland and Ukraine before UEFA’s 29 May deadline.
Holland are grouped with Denmark, Germany and Portugal in a “group of death” at Euro 2012, which runs from 8 June to 1 July.
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United/ENG), Erwin Mulder (Feyenoord), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma/ITA), Michel Vorm (Swansea City/WAL)
Defenders: Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart/GER), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem), John Heitinga (Everton/ENG), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia/ESP), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga/ESP), Nick Viergever (AZ Alkmaar), Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij (both Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona/ESP), Mark van Bommel, Urby Emanuelson (both AC Milan/ITA), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City/ENG), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan/ITA), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)
Forwards: Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke/GER), Ola John, Luuk de Jong (both FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool/ENG), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven), Luciano Narsingh (Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal/ENG), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/GER)