Marcel Koller names Austria squad for Euro 2016

Austrian coach names preliminary 24-man squad for this Summer's European Championships in France.

Marcel Koller names Austria squad for Euro 2016
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Austrian coach Marcel Koller has named his 24-man strong squad, ahead of next month's European Championships in France.

Das Team will play two pre-tournament friendlies on May 31 against Malta and on June 4 versus The Netherlands, before which Koller will drop one man from his team.

Strong Bundesliga presence named

Koller has left few surprises with his selections, as the group that led Austria to the finals, after topping Group G in qualification with nine wins.

As expected, there is a strong Bundesliga presence in the 24. Indeed, 16 players who ply their trade in Germany are included.

Elsewhere, there are just two players from Austrian clubs in number one goalkeeper Robert Almer of Austria Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Valentino Lazaro.

There are four Premier League inclusions, all of which have been stalwarts over the past year.

Zlatko Junuzovic has lit up the Bundesliga at times with Werder Bremen this season (photo: Getty Images)
Zlatko Junuzovic has lit up the Bundesliga at times with Werder Bremen this season (photo: Getty Images)

Austria recognized as dark horse

Since the national side's revival in 2010, Austria have slowly begun to build a pacy, powerful unit.

The starting XI remains a consistent element, but outside of that there enough unknown elements that could surprise a few this summer.

Bayern Munich's David Alaba remains perhaps their biggest name as the versatile defender continues to evolve into one of the finest in European - if not the world - game. So much so, for his country, the 23-year-old is now recognized as a midfielder himself.

Other prominent names in the squad are Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic, Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs and Werder Bremen attacker Zlatko Junuzovic, who has lit up the German top-flight in pockets this term.

Austria are in Group F at Euro 2016, alongside Portugal, Hungary and major tournament debutants, Iceland.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyoergy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Proedl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (RB Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig), Alessandro Schoepf (Schalke).

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (FC Basel).