With a newcomer and a squad that is otherwise completely geared towards the World Cup, the German national soccer team is playing its two final Nations League games. According to national coach Hansi Flick, Mario Götze and Mats Hummels, who were not nominated this time, "still have every chance of jumping on the World Cup train," according to national coach Hansi Flick. The door is still open for everyone."
In his 24-man squad for the encounters on September 23 with Hungary in Leipzig and three days later with England in London, Flick is relying on proven forces. "This is the starting shot towards the World Cup, we are absolutely in World Cup mode," he said. New: defender Armel Bella Kotchap from Premier League club Southampton FC. He deserved the first appointment because of his "very, very good development," said Flick about the former Bochum player (20).
A framework of Bayern and Dortmund players
Seven professionals from record champions Bayern Munich around captain Manuel Neuer and four players from Borussia Dortmund make up the bulk of the national team. In addition to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Christian Ginter and Robin Gosens are returning. Benjamin Henrichs, Lukas Klostermann (injured), Jonathan Tah, Anton Stach and Karim Adeyemi, who were nominated in June, are no longer there.
"We're looking closely," said Flick, who can call up two more players for the Qatar World Cup (November 20 to December 18). There are vacancies in defense and in the center of attack, "we have high quality in midfield," said Flick. The national coach is also looking for a player "for the special moments".
In the Nations League he plans to continue with the goal of Final 4 in 2023. The DFB-Elf is currently in second place, one point behind Hungary.
The line-up at a glance
Goal: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defense: Armel Bella Kotchap (FC Southampton), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Robin Gosens (Inter Milan), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund) , Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfield/Attack: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Chelsea FC), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Lukas Nmecha (VfL Wolfsburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)