National team: Flick surprises with Bella-Kotchap – no Götze comeback


National team
Flick surprises with Bella Kotchap – no Götze comeback

Has been called up for the senior national team for the first time: central defender Armel Bella-Kotchap Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa

First call-up for the senior national team: central defender Armel Bella-Kotchap photo

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National football coach Hansi Flick surprisingly called up U21 national player Armel Bella-Kotchap for the national team’s Nations League games against Hungary and England.

Soccer national coach Hansi Flick surprisingly called up U21 international Armel Bella-Kotchap for the national team’s Nations League games against Hungary and England.

The 20-year-old central defender, who moved to VfL Bochum in the summer England joined Southampton FC is the only newcomer in Germany’s 24-man squad for the final internationals ahead of the squad’s call-up for the World Cup in Qatar, which begins on 20 November.

Defenders Matthias Ginter and Robin Gosens are prominent returnees to the DFB selection. Flick, on the other hand, does not want the 2014 world champions Mario Götze and Mats Hummels to make a comeback. But both could “jump on the World Cup train,” as the national coach said on Thursday when the squad was announced. FC Bayern Munich forms the largest block with seven players.

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