- Mario Götze, who fired Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, is in Qatar. Mats Hummels must stay at home.
- England coach Gareth Southgate is holding back on surprises.
- Belgium take the injured Romelu Lukaku to the final.
Germany: Götze back at DFB-Elf
Mario Götze, who scored Germany’s World Cup-winning goal in extra time in 2014, is celebrating a comeback at the World Cup in Qatar after five years without an international. The national team coach Hansi Flick nominated a 30-year-old offensive player from Eintracht Frankfurt as well as two national team newcomers Youssoufa Moukoko (17) from BVB and Niclas Füllkrug (29) from Werder Bremen for the tournament. Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, 33, and Marco Reus, 33, who was again ineligible for the tournament, are not part of the 26-man squad led by Bayern’s seven-man block led by captain Manuel Neuer. Germany will face Japan (November 23), Spain (November 27) and Costa Rica (December 1) in Group E in Qatar.
Thor: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Defense: Armel Bella Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Ruediger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfield/Attack: Karim-David Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas Fullkrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Mario Götze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) , Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich).
England: A team of no surprises
England also announced their squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday. National coach Gareth Southgate, who has been heavily criticized on the island, is holding back on surprises. Jadon Sancho is not part of the squad, which also includes world-class players such as captain Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling. The Manchester United winger has not played a vital role in the last 12 months. In addition to captain Kane, Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and defense boss John Stones are also key players.
“We wanted to keep a good balance. We also had to nominate players who are not yet 100 percent. We think we have everything well covered so far,” Southgate said.
Thor: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).
Defense: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker ( Manchester City), Benjamin White (Arsenal).
Midfield/Attack: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea ), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle).
Belgium: injured Lukaku in the lineup
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has called up Romelu Lukaku for the final, even though the Inter player is currently injured. A 29-year-old man has huge muscle problems. “As we all know, he is not fully fit. But first we have the preliminary round and then a new tournament from the elimination phase. And we believe that from a medical point of view he can play an important role for us from the knockout round, »said Martinez, who expects to use Lukaku in the preliminary round.
In addition to Lukaku, defenders Jan Vertonghen (calf problem) from RSC Anderlecht and Thomas Meunier are currently injured. The BVB professional is out for around a month in Dortmund due to a broken cheekbone.
Thor: Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (FC Brugge)
Defense: Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Zeno Debast (RSC Anderlecht), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Wout Faes (Leicester City), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Arthur Theater (Stade Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (RSC Anderlecht)
Center/Forward: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Amadou Onana (Everton), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid) Attack: Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce Istanbul), Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Jeremy Doku (Stade Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray Istanbul), Lois Openda (RC Lens), Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion )