German coach Rudi Voeller surprisingly selected Hanover 96 striker Thomas Brdaric for his squad for Euro 2004.
Germany reached the World Cup final under Voeller
Brdaric, 29, who has played only once for Germany more than two years ago, has scored 12 goals for his club in the Bundesliga this season.
Voeller announced only 22 members of his 23-man squad, with the final player of the party - an Under-21 squad member - to be named before 2 June.
The favourite to go to Portugal is Cologne striker Lukas Podolski.
Voeller said: "Podolski has the best chance at the moment," Voeller said
of the gifted 18-year-old forward who has scored 10 goals from
19 Bundesliga games.
Brdaric was the second most prolific German national in the
Bundesliga this season behind Hansa Rostock's Martin Max, who
scored 20 goals but is 35 and plays no role in Voeller's plans.
A member of the Bayer Leverkusen squad that reached the
Champions League final in 2002, Brdaric won his only cap in a
4-2 win over the United States in a friendly in March 2002.
"He has been exceptional in the second part of the season,"
"I've seen goals from him which I don't see often from other
Bradic's selection means Bayer Leverkusen's Oliver Neuville,
will not go to Portugal.
Voeller has been under pressure to make changes after the
5-1 defeat by Romania in a friendly in April exposed the 2002
World Cup runners-up's limitations.
"There is enough quality in the squad to challenge even the
greatest teams," said Voeller. "It's a mixture of experience and
VfB Stuttgart's Timo Hildebrand won the battle to become the
squad's third goalkeeper, behind Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn and
Jens Lehmann of Arsenal.
Voeller could not pick seasoned midfielder Carsten Ramelow
after the Bayer Leverkusen player said last week he was retiring
from international football.
Another notable absentee is Bayern midfielder Sebastian
Deisler, who resumed playing only recently after being treated
Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Jens Lehmann
(Arsenal, England), Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart)
Defenders: Frank Baumann (Werder Bremen), Arne Friedrich
(Hertha Berlin), Andreas Hinkel (VfB Stuttgart), Philipp Lahm
(VfB Stuttgart), Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen), Christian
Woerns (Borussia Dortmund), Christian Rahn (Hamburg SV).
Midfielders:Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), Fabian Ernst
(Werder Bremen), Paul Freier (VfL Bochum), Torsten Frings
(Borussia Dortmund), Dietmar Hamann (Liverpool, England), Jens
Jeremies (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund),
Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen).
Forwards: Fredi Bobic (Hertha Berlin), Thomas Brdaric
(Hanover 96), Kevin Kuranyi (VfB Stuttgart), Miroslav Klose