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Marin left out of Germany squad

The Germany squad
Teenage midfielder Marko Marin was left out of the final 23-man squad

Teenage midfielder Marko Marin has been dropped from Germany's final 23-man squad for Euro 2008 despite making his debut in Tuesday's draw with Belarus.

Germany let a 2-0 lead slip away in their penultimate friendly before the finals, drawing 2-2 in Kaiserslautern.

David Odonkor, who set up Miroslav Klose for Germany's opening goal, did make coach Joachim Loew's final cut.

But fellow midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Patrick Helmes were left out when the squad was reduced from 23.

Marin, 19, who helped Borussia Moenchengladbach win promotion from the second division last season, was a surprise inclusion in the initial squad but was expected to go to Austria and Switzerland after impressing Loew in training.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann both made the squad.

It includes 15 members of the 2006 World Cup group, including Torsten Frings and Christoph Metzelder, despite concerns over their fitness.

"We have been preparing for two years for this tournament," said Low, who took over from Jurgen Klinsmann after the 2006 World Cup.

"The tension and the concentration are rising within me, but I am really looking forward to it. We are well prepared and I'm eager for the championship to start."

The German team flew back to their training camp in Mallorca after the Belarus game.

Their final warm-up match is against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday.

GERMANY SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Robert Enke (Hanover 96), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen)

Defenders: Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Marcell Jansen (Bayern Munich), Clemens Fritz (Werder Bremen), Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg SV), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen)

Forwards: David Odonkor (Real Betis), Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke 04), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Moenchengladbach)


see also
Final is Ballack's golden chance
18 May 08 |  Chelsea
Liberia's Germany tour collapses
16 May 08 |  African
Pick your Germany XI
23 May 08 |  Germany


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