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Xhaka and Akanji named in Switzerland squad for Euro 2024

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Jun 2024

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Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka and defender Manuel Akanji have both been named in Murat Yakin’s Euro 2024 squad.

Yakin named a preliminary 33-man group last month in the hopes of replicating their fine run at the last tournament, where they were beaten by Spain in the last eight after eliminating favourites France on penalties.

Notable absentees from the final party include Genk striker Andi Zaqiri, who scored nine goals in 37 appearances in 2023-24, as well as Kevin Mbabu, who has 24 caps and was part of the side that beat Didier Deschamps’ men three years ago.

Former Arsenal skipper Xhaka will lead his side for a third time at an international tournament, after helping Bayer Leverkusen win their first Bundesliga title this season.

Manchester City’s Akanji has enjoyed another fine season, helping the Citizens keep 17 clean sheets in 48 appearances in all competitions as he continues to assert himself as one of the Premier League’s finest defenders.

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