Portugal, Germany name Euro teams

LISBON • Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Bernardo Silva, one of the country's brightest young players, out of his final 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday, but included 18-year-old Renato Sanches.

Silva, 22, was excluded after suffering a thigh injury in his last game for Monaco. His absence opened the way for Sanches, who made his professional debut only in October and was sold by Benfica to Bayern Munich for €35 million (S$55 million) earlier this month.

"It was difficult to leave out some players who were fundamental in the qualifying competition but decisions have to be taken so that we are finely-tuned in France, with everyone in peak condition," Santos said.

"It's a short and intense tournament. The physical state of the players was one of the criteria and Bernando Silva has some restrictions."

Santos also downplayed any concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo's appearance in the Champions League final later this month could impact his performance in France.

  • Germany provisional squad

  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona). 

    Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (Roma). 

    Midfielders: Mario Goetze, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Dortmund). 

    Forwards: Thomas Mueller (Bayern), Andre Schuerrle (Wolfsburg), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke).

"Cristiano Ronaldo will be on his best form and I am convinced that he is physically prepared to play the Champions League and the European championship," he said.

Meanwhile, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad despite having not played for Manchester United since March with a knee injury.

The Germany captain suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the build-up to the world champions' 3-2 friendly defeat by England but has been selected in Joachim Loew's squad.

Liverpool's Emre Can is also included, as are Arsenal's Mesut Oezil and former Gunners forward Lukas Podolski along with the uncapped trio Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl.

REUTERS, THE GUARDIAN

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