Will Mats Hummels and Mario Götze be in the World Cup squad if they continue to put in good performances? Or will the time in the national team be over for both of them? What do you all mean? Vote!
The German national team has only two international matches before the final team for the World Cup in Qatar is named in November: on Friday evening against Hungary and on Monday in England.
National coach Hansi Flick sparked domestic competition for a place at the World Cup with a big surprise when he appointed Armel Bella Kotchap from FC Southampton last week. Message: No one should be sure of their location.
Bella Kotchap replaces Hummels in the DFB team
Bella Kotchap was surprised on the first date. The centre-back, who moved from VfL Bochum to the English Premier League in the summer, may be one of the few specialists on the list.
Some expect Mats Hummels to return. But Dortmunder, who recently put in a convincing performance at BVB, is absent, as is Mario Götze. After his return to the Bundesliga, the 2014 World Cup winner was one of Eintracht Frankfurt’s top performers.
Henrichs after the appointment is a sign?
But after the cancellation of Marco Reus due to injury, Flick did not appoint midfielders Götze or Hummels, but full-back Benjamin Henrichs from RB Leipzig. Pointer?
Yes, think the sky DFB journalist Marc Behrenbeck. “It’s about the last course and the last game before the tournament in Qatar. If Bella Kotchap sells well, she will be in the World Cup. You can only play yourself out of the team,” said Behrenbeck. Henrik’s appointment at full-back could be interpreted as Götze not being needed in midfield.
Flick: The door is open for Hummels and Götze
For Hummels like Götze, however, the door is clearly still open, emphasizes Flick. Now one can explain the non-appointment of the veteran with the fact that the national coach, who was Jogi Löw’s assistant at the World Cup eight years ago, knows Hummels and Götze inside and knows what he has in them.
Flick found praise for Götze, “but his team has great quality in offense, it’s difficult to get into that.” He watched Hummels in the Champions League game in Manchester and was impressed by his good form and fitness.
Matthew relies on other players
But even in the team of Sky specialists Lothar Matthäus one looked in vain for Hummels and Götze. Matthäus included Bella Kotchap in his World Cup squad, Didi Hamann relied on Hummels, but not Götze. Both have appointed Florian Wirtz in attacking midfield, who has yet to play a game after suffering cruciate ligament damage in March.
Our question to you: If Götze and Hummels continue to perform well, are they in the World Cup squad? Or will time in the national team run out for both and Flick should focus on the young players in Qatar?
World Cup 2022: World Cup facts about the German national team
- Group: Group E
- Rivals of the group: Japan, Spain, Costa Rica
- Trainer: Hansi Flick
- Captain: Manuel Neuer
- Participation in the World Cup: 19
- World Rank: 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
- World Cup Finals: Preliminary Round (2018)
- World record: 67 wins, 20 draws, 22 losses
- World Cup record scorer: Miroslav Klose (16 goals)
- World record player: Lothar Matthäus (25 World Cup games)
Everyone “still has a chance to jump on the World Cup train,” emphasized the national coach. But the door will slowly close in the coming weeks – who can get through the last gap?
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