Lucky11 | FIFA World Cup : Germany Full Squad Analysis
Germany will be seeking to make amends for their 2018 World Cup performance, as they will fly to Qatar for this year's World Cup after finishing bottom of the group stage in Russia last time out. It was followed by another poor performance in Euro 2020, with England proving too strong in the round of 16.
Hans Flick takes over for Joachim Low, with the former Bayern Munich manager eager to make an impression in his first ever FIFA World Cup manager role as a regular. Although they were drawn in Group E, the four-time World Cup champions will have to compete against teams like 2010 champions Spain, Asian superpower Japan, and Concacaf participant Costa Rica.
If Manuel Neuer is able to overcome his injury issues in time, he will be the goalie for Bayern Munich in Qatar. However, Neuer has missed Bayern's previous few Bundesliga games, and questions about his fitness are beginning to surface.
But even if Neuer were to be sidelined because of his fitness issues, Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona would still be a strong replacement. The third-choice position is being contested by Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt and Fulham's Bernd Leno.
Oliver Baumann of Hoffenheim will be prepared to step in if any other ailments arise, but it seems doubtful that he will be selected if everyone else is well.
One of the centre-backs, Antonio Rudiger, will undoubtedly start, while the Dortmund teammates Niklas Sule or Nico Schlotterbeck will likely start alongside the Real Madrid player.
With Benjamin Henrichs and Robin Gosens among the full-back choices, Thilo Kehrer and David Raum will likely fancy their chances as the top alternatives out wide. Matthias Ginter and perhaps even Mats Hummels are more choices. This season, talented youngster Armel Bella-Kotchap is also making a case for himself.
There are several alternatives for Flick in midfield, including both defensively-minded players and more imaginative playmakers.
Midfielders Joshua Kimmich and players like Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, and Julian Brandt look like foregone conclusions. If trusted, rising young stars Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala would bring some flair and originality.
Germany has a wide range of excellent talent to choose from. Timo Werner of RB Leipzig, Kai Havertz of Chelsea, and Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich all look a certain to be selected.
Leroy Sane, their teammate, would often have been expected to participate as well, but the former Manchester City winger is in a time crunch after developing a muscle issue. Emerging talent also includes Mainz forward Jonathan Burkardt, Lukas Nmecha, and Karim Adeyemi, while Marco Reus will be aiming to finally put his injury woes behind him and flourish at the World Cup.
These are the players were chosen by Hansi Flick for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, but it can be said that there were not many changes made to the squad.
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