‘You’ll never walk along’ is of course a popular Liverpool chant but Can used it in reference for the Germany national team.
Can had the option to represent Turkey and Germany at international level as did Ozil. Likewise eight players in the current Turkish national team could have played for Germany – their country of birth.
Several star players of the Turkish national side such as Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, Mainz 05 midfielder Yunus Malli and Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin were born in Germany.
Full Germany 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
Defenders: Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Roma).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04).