Germany vs. Scotland: UEFA Euro 2024 preview, team news, LIVE blog and match report

Germany kick off their Euro 2024 campaign at home to Scotland on Friday, with Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena hosting the game (kick-off: 9pm CEST).

Jun 13, 2024 - 07:00
Germany vs. Scotland: UEFA Euro 2024 preview, team news, LIVE blog and match report

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Germany are hosting the Euros for the first time since 1988 - when a Marco van Basten-inspired Netherlands took the title - and do so as one of the favourites to bring home what would be a record fourth title. After a mixed start to his tenure as head coach, Julian Nagelsmann seems to have settled on his preferred system and personnel, and the friendly run-in ahead of the competition took in victories over the Dutch, as well as France. Toni Kroos will retire after the tournament, and hopes to add a European Championship to the UEFA Champions League he recently won with Real Madrid. He will start in central midfield with Bayer Leverkusen's Robert Andrich likely tasked with doing the dirty work alongside him. Nagelsmann has confirmed that Manuel Neuer remains his No.1, while Kai Havertz has pulled ahead of Niclas Füllkrug as his first-choice striker. Elsewhere, Joshua Kimmich has been repurposed as a right-back for club and country. His Bayern teammate Jamal Musiala and Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz - two of the brightest prospects in world football - should both start in the final third. Emre Can was called up to the squad on Wednesday, after tonsillitis forced Aleksandar Pavlović to withdraw.

Scotland are the first of Germany's Group A opponents, with Hungary and Switzerland also in the section. They are a stronger proposition under Steve Clarke than they have been for many years, but recent form has been patchy, with one win, one draw and two defeats in their pre-tournament friendlies. Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was their seven-goal top scorer in qualifying, and is expected to shake off a knee injury in time to start in Munich. Striker Lyndon Dykes pulled up before the competition and will only travel to Germany as emotional support. Otherwise, the Scots look shortest at right-back, with Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson both unavailable - good news, perhaps, for recent Germany call-up Maximilian Mittelstädt, who looks set to get the nod at left-back for the hosts.

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