Germany manager Joachim Low has indicated he will call up Liverpool's Emre Can to the Germany squad following the Under-21 European Championships this summer.
Following their World Cup success last summer, Germany have undergone a transition in replacing the likes of Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker, all whom retired from international duty after Brazil.
Their departures have opened the door for the next generation of German talent, although Low is keen to ensure they are not rushed into the team too soon. The national team coach believes this summer's Under-21 Euros in the Czech Republic will provide the perfect final audition for those young players who are on the brink of a senior call up.
"Emre Can [Hoffenheim winger], Kevin Volland [Schalke midfielders], Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka – they shall play the tournament in June," Low told a press conference ahead of Germany's upcoming games against Australia and Georgia.
"I prefer them to play a tournament at the highest level and we will give the cards a shuffle after that. Those with good performances at the European Under-21 Championship will definitely get an invitation."
Germany's success at Under-21 level in the past has been the bedrock of their recent success on the world stage. World Cup winners Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels all won the same competition in 2009, thrashing England 4-0 in the final.
The Germany squad selected for games on Wednesday 25 March and Sunday 29 March does include Bastian Schweinsteiger and long-term injury absentees Ilkay Gundogan and Holgar Badstuber.
Low added: "We have made changes through those who have come back from injuries and there will maybe be more changes in the upcoming season. But right now, I don't see the necessity to bring in new players."
Can, who has been one of Liverpool's stand-out players this season, has excelled in a new position on the right of a back three despite being brought in as a midfield player.