Germany’s Alexandra Popp absent from Euro final starting line-up before kick-off

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Germany captain Alexandra Popp has been dropped from her country’s starting line-up for Sunday’s European Women’s Championship final after suffering a “muscular problem” during warm-up, the German Football Association confirmed on Sunday.

Popp, 31, had been named in the starting line-up in an unchanged Martina Voss-Tecklenburg side but will now be replaced by Lea Schuller.

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Popp was tied with England’s Beth Mead for the tournament top scorer award before kick-off after scoring six goals in five games.

She became the first player in Euros history to score in five consecutive games, and her brace against France in the semi-finals took Germany through to the final at Wembley.

“[Popp] suffered from muscle problems during the warm-up. Lea Schüller replaces her in the starting XI,” the statement read.

The DFB has not confirmed whether Popp will not feature at all throughout the match.

This is Popp’s first European tournament after missing the previous two due to serious injuries. She only recovered in March from a third serious injury which kept her sidelined for 11 months.

England have also named an unchanged starting XI, making them the first team in either the Men’s or Women’s Euros not to change sides throughout the tournament.

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