Football: Switzerland finalizes its team for the European Championship
ZURICH: Switzerland withdrew three players from their preliminary squad on Monday as they finalized their selection of 26 players for the European Championship.
Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, midfielder Dan Ndoye and striker Andi Zeqiri will all leave the pre-camp in Bad Ragaz after being included last week when preparations began.
The trio were not capped and their omission is no surprise. Winger Ndoye, 20, has been mainly used on the bench by Nice’s Ligue 1 team this season and forward Zeqiri, 21, has played sparingly for Brighton & Hove Albion.
“All 29 players deserved to play in the final,” Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic said in a statement.
“Even those who can no longer be here have made a very good impression in recent days and have shown promise for the future. It was a valuable experience for both the coaching staff and the players. “
Changes can still be made to the squad until the first match of the Swiss tournament, against Wales in Baku on June 12, if a player has been seriously injured or is infected with COVID-19.
Switzerland were drawn alongside Wales, Italy and Turkey in Group A, with matches to be played in Baku and Rome.
Captain Granit Xhaka with 93 caps is his most experienced player.
Goalkeepers: Yvon Mvogo (PSV Eindhoven), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Yann Sommer (Borussia M’gladbach)
Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Loris Benito (Girondins Bordeaux), Eray Comert (FC Basel), Nico Elvedi (Borussia M’gladbach), Jordan Lotomba (Nice), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Becir Omeragic (FC Zurich) , Ricardo Rodriguez (Turin), Fabian Schar (Newcastle Unted), Silvan Widmer (FC Basel)
Midfielders: Christian Fassnacht (FC Basel), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz) Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria ( Borussia M Gladbach), Steven Zuber (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Forwards: Breel Embolo (Borussia M’gladbach), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg)
(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)