Germany can boast one of the most intimidating XIs in world football, let alone one of the deepest squads. - © DFL
Germany can boast one of the most intimidating XIs in world football, let alone one of the deepest squads. - © DFL
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How will Germany line up at UEFA Euro 2020 this summer?

Jamal Musiala has chosen Germany over England. Thomas Müller might be in line for a recall. With less than 100 days to go until UEFA Euro 2020, bundesliga.com looks at how Joachim Löw's side might line up once the tournament kicks off.

Germany qualified for the Finals competition, which will be hosted, in part, at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, in fine style. Die Mannschaft won seven of their eight Group C games to finish top of their section ahead of the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Belarus and Estonia.

Their subsequent UEFA Nations League campaign may have been punctuated by a shock 6-0 loss to Spain, but it's worth remembering that Germany were undefeated for the rest of that Group A4 campaign, and how they lined up then may be indicative of what they'll do at the Euros.

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich might well have been in Germany's average team if not for injury. - DFL

In five of their eight games so far in the 2020/21 season - which have included friendlies against Turkey and the Czech Republic as well as their six Nations League fixtures - Germany have lined up in a 3-4-3 formation: a pronounced departure from the 4-2-3-1 of old.

In the post-Miroslav Klose era, Germany may not boast a world-class No.9, although some may argue the game has evolved to leave the position in its wake anyway. Instead, Löw employs Timo Werner and Bayern pair Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane in a fluid front three which boasts as much speed as your average Hadron Collider.

Timo Werner (l.) top scored for Germany in the UEFA National League with four goals, but Serge Gnabry (c.) has the best overall ratio with a barely fathomable 14 strikes from just 17 international outings. - IMAGO / Contrast

The average team over the last year might well have boasted Joshua Kimmich in central midfield had the Bayern man not been waylaid with a knee injury, although in Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gündogan, Germany have incredible strength in depth in the position. The former boasts a 93 percent pass completion for Real Madrid in La Liga this season; the latter is the 12-goal top scorer for Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The system is underpinned by captain and undisputed No.1 Manuel Neuer, the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game who shows no sign of slowing down at 34. Neuer led Bayern to the sextuple of Bundesliga, DFB Cup, two Supercups - both DFL and UEFA - as well as the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup over the last year.

Watch: Neuer under the tactical microscope

If 41 clean sheets in 96 international caps are testament to his shot-stopping ability, it's worth remembering that Neuer matched now-Liverpool midfield metronome Thiago Alcantara for successful long passes in August's Champions League final, the pair completing 13 each in the 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

In possession, there may be one less centre-back to ping passes out to the wide attackers than with a four-man defence, but with Neuer behind them, it hardly matters.

Luca Waldschmidt has scored at the same rate as Timo Werner for Germany over the last year. - DFL

That's not to say Germany never use four at the back. They employed a 4-3-3 formation in beating Ukraine 3-1 last November, and such a system can easily be populated by Löw's next-most used players over the last year.

Freiburg-honed Luca Waldschmidt top-scored with seven goals as Germany finished as runners-up at the UEFA European U21 Championships in Italy and San Marino in 2019, and the Benfica man is perhaps the most natural No.9 available. Only Werner, with four, scored more than Waldschmidt's two for Germany in 2020/21, and they came in at an almost identical rate of one every 107 minutes played.

Waldschmidt's (r.) goal against the Czech Republic was assisted by long-time Augsburg star Philipp Max (l.), now of PSV Eindhoven. - IMAGO / Sven Simon

Kai Havertz is beginning to hit his stride as a False 9 at Chelsea, but most of his international outings to date have seen the left-footer line up on the right of midfield or attack. A midfield pair of Kimmich and his Bayern colleague Leon Goretzka would strike fear into any opponent, meanwhile - just ask Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Tigres, whom the Bavarians roared past on the way to becoming German, European and then world champions.

Further back, Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen has the ability to be the No.1 goalkeeper for almost every other nation on Earth, but Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno have both featured more than him when Neuer has been rested of late. Eintracht Frankfurt shot-stopper Trapp gets the nod here by virtue of his clean sheet in November's 1-0 win over the Czechs.

Julian Brandt was preferred to Leroy Sane for the 2018 World Cup squad. He is joined by plenty of Borussia Dortmund colleagues on the fringes of the Germany squad. - DFL

If the first two teams in this list are likely to form the bulk of Germany's 23-man squad at the Euros, the players above are testament to the nation's impressive strength in depth - and that's before even considering the potential returns of 2014 FIFA World Cup winners Müller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, whom Löw has intimated might make a comeback.

Lars Stindl scored the winning goal as Germany beat a Bundesliga-infused Chile in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final, but Borussia Mönchengladbach teammate Jonas Hofmann's international recognition felt just as overdue by the time he was handed his debut last October - the versatile midfielder is up to seven goals and 12 assists in all competitions for the Foals this term.

Watch: All of Hofmann's Bundesliga goal involvement this season

Mahmoud Dahoud and Suat Serdar are yet more talented central midfielders who play on either side of the Revierderby divide, while further back, some quarters of the Arsenal support have suggested that Leno is captain material for the Gunners. In short, Löw already has all kinds of options, all over the field.

Müller, Hummels and Boateng would bring a combined 246 international caps with them if they returned. - DFL

But what about this for a team?! Between players who could be recalled and those on the cusp of breaking through, Germany could field an XI that would have serious designs on lifting the trophy at Wembley on 11 July in its own right.

Youssoufa Moukoko has already set about making a mockery of the above No.9 debate. The Dortmund-owned youngster amassed 141 goals in just 88 games at youth level for BVB, and is now the Bundesliga's youngest debutant and goalscorer, having found the target against Union Berlin last December just 29 days past his 16th birthday. Called up to U21 level with Germany, Moukoko will still be six months away from turning 17 when Die Mannschaft kick off their Euro campaign against France in Munich, but could be an outside bet to make the trip.

Watch: Moukoko becomes the Bundesliga's youngest scorer

Two teenagers are set to make their full international debuts rather sooner than that, though, with midfielders Musiala and Florian Wirtz called up to the most recent squad for World Cup qualifiers against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia. Bayern man Musiala broke English hearts after opting for the country of his birth following five goals in 15 games for the Young Lions, while Wirtz has quickly lived up to his tag of the "next Havertz" at Bayer Leverkusen, with a hand in 14 goals in all competitions for Die Werkself this season.

And it's not just the youngsters who could make an impact this summer. Müller, Hummels and Boateng were mainstays as Germany swept to World Cup glory in 2014, and two of them - Müller and Boateng - remain cornerstones of the Bayern sextuple team captained by Neuer. Müller may be the most underappreciated player in world football, but at 31, the Raumdeuter's ability to bamboozle remains second to none. He has a league-high 14 assists this season - having grabbed a Bundesliga best-ever 21 last term.

A Kroos/Kimmich double pivot would be the envy of any team in world football. - DFL

So how will Germany line up at Euro 2020? A 3-4-3 would seem to be Löw's preferred formation for now, and it can be readily populated with some of the best players in the world, especially if his recent words on the potential returnees were to ring true.

"A topic that's regularly talked about, and rightly so, is that of Müller, Boateng and Hummels," he said. "[We would interrupt our two-year cycle] if…  me and my coaching staff feel we need an extra percentage point here or there, or someone else to give a new energy or leadership in sporting terms. If a player were to be considered they'd be integrated quickly. It wouldn't be a problem. They know exactly how things work with the national team."

Watch: Müller under the tactical microscope

Who better to lead young Musiala through the No.10 role than his Bayern clubmate Müller? If either were to occupy the most withdrawn role in the front three, perhaps Sane would make way? Werner remains Germany's top scorer over the last year and the incumbent Gnabry has no difficulty playing further forward - his 14 international goals have come in at a barely fathomable rate of one every 98 minutes he has played.

If Bayern are the best club team in the world, their influence runs right through the spine of Germany's best possible XI. Kroos and Hummels once turned out in red, and Gnabry, Kimmich and Niklas Süle are at the forefront of a generation who still do. With the likes of Gündogan, Sane, Havertz and Musiala in reserve, Löw - who will leave his post at the tournament's conclusion - has every chance of bowing out on a high this summer.