Germany soccer coach Erich Ribbeck recalled 33-year-old midfielder Thomas Haessler to his
provisional 22-man squad for next month's European Championships after a two-year absence.
Munich 1860's Haessler, who turns 34 this month, hasn't played for his country since the 1998 World Cup quarterfinals,when Germany lost 3-0 to Croatia. He is the second-most experienced squad member with 97 games for the national team.
Lothar Matthaeus, 39, has made a world record 146 appearances for Germany. Both played in Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning side.
Six players in the squad came from German champion Bayern Munich, with Bundesliga runner-up Bayer Leverkusen providing five
players. Hamburg's Hans-Joerg Butt is the only player yet to make his international debut.
The squad for the June 10-July 2 tournament can be changed before the UEFA deadline of noon on June 1. Ribbeck named six
reserves, including Stefan Beinlich, Oliver Neuville and Bundesliga top-scorer Martin Max.
Christian Woerns and Christian Nerlinger were unavailable because of injury, but Jens Jeremies, who broke his collarbone two
weeks ago, was named in the squad.
Germany is in the same Euro 2000 group as England, Portugal and Romania, its first opponent on June 12 in Liege, Belgium.
Ribbech's team faces England on June 17 and Portugal on June 20.
Up yours Amoroso, Hassler was has been in outstanding form this season, and still has enough pace to play international football, and with his unique play-making abilities he possibly does not have to run himself hoarse.