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Switzerland Announce 26-Man Squad for Euro 2024, Shaqiri Included


Fri 07 Jun 2024 | 10:51 PM
Rana Atef

On Friday, Switzerland First Football team coach Murat Yakin announced the 26-man list for this summer's Euro 2024.

Yakin cut his previously announced 38-player preliminary squad and the sidelined names included Augsburg’s Kevin Mbabu and Genk forward Andi Zeqiri.

Yakin said: “Andi (Zeqiri) made the decision difficult for us,” adding: “He has been performing very well recently. The training days in the pre-camp showed that there was also a lot of competition in the offensive, which is why other players were given preference.

“We have had very good training sessions. The competition for the 26 places contributed to the high training intensity and kept the tension in the team high throughout the camp.

“The mood in the team is great and I am very satisfied. With this good spirit, we now want to start the last European Championship test against Austria and then the trip to Stuttgart.”

The captain of Switzerland during the tournament will be Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka. He made 124 caps for his country, and played a key role in Leverkusen winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal.

The 26-man list of Switzerland for Euro 2024 is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Inter), Yvon Mvogo (Lorient), Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund)

Defenders: Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Schar (Newcastle United), Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Silvan Widmer (Mainz 05), Cedric Zesigner (Wolfsburg), Leonidas Stergiou (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka (Bayer Leverkusen), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Remo Freuler (Bologna), Denis Zakaria (Monaco), Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Fabian Rieder (Rennes), Ardon Jashari (Luzern), Vincent Sierro (Toulouse)

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Monaco), Steven Zuber (AEK Athens), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Noah Okafor (AC Milan), Zeki Amdouni (Burnley), Dan Ndoye (Bologna), Kwadwo Duah (Ludogorets).