Late call-up Can wants Euro glory after Champions League blow

June 17, 2024
Germany midfielder Emre Can seen in this image.— AFP/file

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany: Surprise late Germany call-up Emre Can said Sunday he wanted to turn his disappointment at losing June´s Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund into a deep run at Euro 2024.


Can was left out of Germany´s 26-man squad for the Euros on home soil and said Sunday he thought there was “zero percent chance” of taking part despite captaining Dortmund to a Wembley Champions League final appearance, where they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid.

When midfielder Aleksandar Pavlovic was ruled out of the tournament with illness, Can was called up by manager Julian Nagelsmann just two days before Germany´s opener. “I was at home in Dortmund with my wife on Wednesday and was just about to eat breakfast when I got a call from Julian,” Can said.

“He asked me if I was keen to come along. I told him I was ready, even though I´d done nothing for 10 days.” Can played his 44th game in Germany colours in Friday´s 5-1 win over Scotland, scoring the final goal after coming off the bench as the hosts opened the tournament in style. “To be subbed on in the 81st minute (and score), it´s a crazy story.”