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Germany v Scotland: Line-ups announced for Euro 2024 opener

Germany and Scotland have named their line-ups for the much-anticipated first game of Euro 2024.

Germany v Scotland

Germany and Scotland’s line-ups for their Euro 2024 opener have been revealed.

The majority of Scotland’s big names are fit to start, with Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, John McGinn and Kieran Tierney all present in the XI selected by Steve Clarke.

Southampton striker Che Adams starts up front, with Lyndon Dykes missing the tournament due to injury.

Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are selected as the Tartan Army’s deeper midfielders, with Billy Gilmour starting in the bench.

Jack Hendry and Ryan Porteuous partner Tierney at centre-back, with Angus Gunn in goal.

Hosts Germany’s XI is packed with stars, with an exciting front three of Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz and Florian Wirtz kicking the tournament off.

Boss Julian Nagelsmann is not short of experience, however, with Toni Kroos in midfield at his final tournament while Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich and Maunel Neuer also feature.

The game at the Allianz Arena kicks off in less than an hour’s time at 8pm BST.

‘Respect everyone, fear no one’

Ahead of the game, Clarke urged his Scotland side to ignore the noise while suggesting their bigger games will come later in the group stage.

He said:“It’s the opening game of a four-team section, three matches, we know what we have to do to qualify and that’s all we focus on.

“Everyone is fully fit, flying, desperate to be selected and ready to go.

“The enormity of the opener, however, is a bit of a sideshow and hopefully we don’t get too involved in that.

“It’s a difficult game. One of the mantras I’ve always had is respect everyone and fear no one.

“We have respect for the host nation, we know they’re a good team but hopefully we can show everyone we’re a good team as well.”

Germany ‘nervous’ of Scotland threat

Meanwhile, Germany boss Nagelsmann is under no illusions of the threat their underdog opponents pose.

“We’ve used the days well to train well. The boys seem in good form,” he said ahead of the game. “We are a bit nervous but that’s an important point. We have to have a certain nervousness.”

“Scotland are a very good team that have four or five important players in their group,” he said.

“They put in lots of crosses. They have made big progress in the way they play football. Their mentality is certainly extraordinary.

“We are under more pressure than the Scots. We want to win the opening game. I also demand that we believe in ourselves.

“We have good players and have shown mentality in recent games. We have everything we need and want to bring it onto the pitch.”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with experience writing for national title, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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