PSV ace gets Swiss call-up
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSV Eindhoven's striking starlet Johann Vonlanthen is the surprise name in Kobi Kuhn's provisional 23-man Switzerland squad for Euro 2004.
Kuhn's attacking plans were thrown into confusion when Marco Streller broke his leg in training and, on the same day, his likely replacement Leonard Thurre tore a calf muscle.
Stuttgart forward Streller has had an operation on his injury and wil be sidelined for at least six months.
Kuhn turned to Under-21 starlet Vonlanthen, who is competing for his country's youngsters in their own European Championship tournament in Germany.
It presents a remarkable opportunity to the 18-year-old PSV ace, who started his career with Young Boys in Berne.
As expected, Murat Yakin is included despite concerns over his fitness, while Werder Bremen defender Ludovic Magnin is rewarded for a Double-winning season in Germany with one of the defensive slots.
Another player who was sweating on his inclusion, Johann Lonfat of Sochaux has been given the nod in midfield.
Stephane Grichting and Remo Meyer are two of the unlucky men to have been excluded.
The squad may yet be altered depending on any developments in Switzerland's friendly with Germany on Wednesday night.
Fabrice Borer (Grasshoppers), Pascal Zuberbuhler (Basel), Jorg Stiel (Borussia Monchengladbach); Bruno Berner (Freiburg), Bernt Haas (West Brom), Stephane Henchoz (Liverpool), Patrick Muller (Lyon), Murat Yakin (Basel), Marco Zwyssig (Basel), Christoph Spycher (Grasshoppers), Ludovic Magnin (Werder Bremen); Ricardo Cabanas (Grasshoppers), Fabio Celestini (Marseille), Raphael Wicky (Stuttgart), Johann Lonfat (Sochaux), Johann Vogel (PSV Eindhoven); Stephane Chapuisat (Young Boys), Alexander Frei (Rennes), Milaim Rama (FC Thun), Daniel Gygax (FC Zurich), Johann Vonlanthen (PSV Eindhoven).