Soccer-No surprises in Germany lineup, Scotland captain Robertson fit to start


FILE PHOTO: The Euro 2024 match ball 'Fussballliebe' is pictured at Intersport Cary sports clothing store, on the eve of the start of the UEFA Euro 2024 soccer championship, in Ronda, Spain, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -There were no surprises in Germany's lineup for their Euro 2024 Group A tournament opener on home soil against Scotland on Friday with coach Julian Nagelsmann fielding the same team as in their final warm-up game last week.

He has banked on the experience of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as well as Toni Kroos and captain Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.

Kai Havertz will operate as their lone striker with Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala on the wings as the Germans launch their bid for their first major trophy in a decade.

For Scotland, Andy Robertson will lead the team as captain for the 50th game, having overcome an injury scare in training days ago and despite having nursed an ankle problem for months.

The defender was ruled fit in a big boost for Steve Clarke's team as they launch their bid to make it past the group stage at a major tournament for the first time.

Teams:

Germany: Manuel Neuer, Antonio Ruediger, Jonathan Tah, Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz, Toni Kroos, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, Maximilian Mittelstaedt, Ilkay Gundogan (C), Robert Andrich

Scotland: Angus Gunn, Anthony Ralston, Andy Robertson (C), Scott McTominay, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Che Adams, Ryan Christie, Jack Hendry, Ryan Porteous

(Reporting by Michael Kahn, Writing by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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