Germany have played a variation of 3-4-3 against their highest-ranked opponents, like the Netherlands and Argentina, over the last year. - © 2019 DFL
Germany have played a variation of 3-4-3 against their highest-ranked opponents, like the Netherlands and Argentina, over the last year. - © 2019 DFL

How will Germany line up at UEFA Euro 2020?

Germany punched their ticket to Euro 2020, beating Belarus 4-0 to qualify for a record 13th European Championships. Joachim Löw's men will be one of the favourites once they get there, but how will they line up? takes a closer look…

Unable to defend their World Cup in the summer of 2018 before finishing bottom of their UEFA Nations League Group that November, Germany have since mounted a stunning recovery in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C.

Die Mannschaft won seven of their eight games, scoring 30 whilst conceding just seven, and finished top of their section ahead of the Netherlands after thrashing Northern Ireland 6-1 on Tuesday.

"I've scored more than that, Leon!" - Serge Gnabry (r.) was Germany's top scorer in qualifying with eight goals. - Getty Images

Löw spoke about the need to "be more dynamic, determined and play faster," ahead of the current campaign, and that's exactly what has unfolded.

The biggest departure from the past has been a shift in formation, from the tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 of old to a more mobile 3-4-3, while Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos are the only two players who started the World Cup final win over Argentina in Brazil in 2014 as well as the Belarus game.

Joshua Kimmich has become first choice in central midfield for club and country, while Robin Koch looks the most likely to replace the injured Niklas Süle in this system. - 2019 DFL

Neuer remains the first-choice goalkeeper despite fierce competition from Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The pair have alternated in recent matches, but it remains well understood that the Bayern Munich and Germany captain is crucial to the team.

Neuer all-but invented the term "sweeper-keeper" and his ability to race off his line and hoover up any danger when the last line of his defence is breached remains as impressive as ever, despite his 33 years of age. Able to distribute like a midfielder, Neuer also allows flying wing-backs Nico Schulz and Lukas Klostermann to take off up the wing earlier, turning defence into attack almost instantly.

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A mobile front three of Timo Werner, Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry could grace any team, meanwhile. The respective Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern attackers are interchangeable, swapping positions during the game. This makes them almost impossible to mark, as their combined 13 goals and three assists in qualifying attest.

Holding it all together are Kroos and Joshua Kimmich. The former broke onto the scene as an attacking midfielder, the latter a right-back, but they've converged beautifully for the national team, pulling the strings as a double pivot in midfield, the two Ks getting two As from all who witness their passing perfection. Bayern have put Kimmich into the heart of their midfield too - the result this season has been a league-high 99 touches per game.

Leroy Sane and Marc-Andre ter Stegen would be among the first names on many a national side's teamsheet. - 2019 DFL

Germany have such a depth of talent that not only could they name a second string that would start for most other teams in world football, but they can also configure them in a different formation, depending on their opponents.

Although Löw has preferred a back three since Russia, he has gone back to a 4-2-3-1 against teams he expects to boss possession against. Victories over Estonia and Northern Ireland to the tune of 19 goals scored versus one conceded - secured with four at the back - show the coach has not completely thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

A torn cruciate ligament injury has cost Löw first-choice centre-back Niklas Süle, although Robin Koch has done an admirable job of deputising in his two senior international outings to date. Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has the same injury as Süle; both will be on the plane if they can prove their fitness.

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Kai Havertz might push closer to Plan A if he keeps up his progress. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder could make his 100th Bundesliga appearance against Bayern on Matchday 13 at the tender age of 20 years, five months and 20 days.

And if anyone suspects Luca Waldschmidt is not ready to lead the line in Werner's stead after three goalless outings for Die Mannschaft, it's worth remembering the Freiburg man hit a tournament-high seven goals for Germany on their way to the final of the European U21 Championships in Italy last summer.

Julian Draxler was part of Germany's World Cup-winning squad in 2014. The PSG man is still just 26. - 2019 DFL

And how about this for third string? Emre Can, Nadiem Amiri, Suat Serdar, Sebastian Rudy and Jonas Hector made the most recent Germany squad, while Julian Draxler - like Neuer and Kroos - was part of the group that secured Germany's European-record fourth World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

With 197 caps between them but an average age of just 26, Löw could inject extra youth or experience into his squad as he sees fit. Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Waldschmidt's U21 partner in crime Marco Richter, currently of Augsburg, might find themselves too far outside either side of that spectrum, but the fact can pick three teams without them just goes to show the sheer conveyer belt of talent the country produces.

Germany are gunning for a record fourth European title next summer. With the embarrassment of riches above, it wouldn't be safe to bet against their recent resurgence going all the way.