Germany announce Olympic football squad

Germany have named a strong squad featuring Sven and Lars Bender for the Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeiro next month.

The 18-man squad was officially unveiled via the official German Football Association (DFB) website, with coach Horst Hrubesch highlighting the unique blend of players selected- from the u21 national team through to the senior national team.

"The anticipation ahead of the Olympics is huge. This is a unique experience that the players will be able to tell their grandchildren about."

"We have a good mix, from the current U-21 national team and the older players. The quality is absolutely great. We go to Brazil to win every game," Hrubesch told the DFB website.

Germany are set to take part in their first Olympic football tournament since 1988 and begin their campaign against Mexico on 4 August.


Goalkeepers: Timo Horn (Cologne), Jannik Huth (Mainz)

Defenders: Robert Bauer (Ingolstadt), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Philipp Max (Augsburg), Niklas Sule, Jeremy Toljan (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders/Forwards: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Max Christiansen (Ingolstadt), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal), Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer (Schalke), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Grischa Promel (Karlsruher), Davie Selke (RB Leipzig)

Standby list: Leonardo Bittencourt (Cologne), Christian Gunter, Sebastian Kerk (Freiburg), Eric Oelschlagel (Werder Bremen)