Ilkay Gundogan and other England stalwarts are in danger of failing for qualifying matches

BerlinIlke Gundogan sits on a packed suitcase. Secretly, Manchester City’s form strong footballers expect a nomination for the start of World Cup qualification. But if nothing changes the United Kingdom’s classification as a virus variant area, national coach Joachim Löw will probably have to do without Gundogan and other England veterans at the start of their farewell tour.

However, Oliver Birhoff expected the squad before the announcement on Friday. “We are confident, because the English mutation is more and more widespread,” the DFB director said on Thursday. Currently there was a “good discussion” with health officials in Düsseldorf (hotel) and Duisburg (venue).

A failure by Guodogan would be “remorseful” for Timo Werner, Kai Havert, Antonio Rudiger and Berand Leno Löw, but they would not “complain, but give everything to the players who are ready”. Gundogan himself would be “disappointed” with involuntary breaks. But he still has hope: “I’ll have to be patient and wait.” Just getting Gundogan & Co. flown to the game in Bucharest is not an option for Löw.

The 61-year-old is in demand as an improvisation artist, giving clear answers to two questions before (25.3), in Romania (28.3) and before qualifying games against Northern Macedonia (31.3). The 18-year-old from German record champion Bayern Munich, 17-year-old Florian Wirtz with top talent from shooting star Jamal Musiala and Bayer Leverkusen have been appointed. For the European Championship (from 11 June to 11 July) it is “good that I can see them with us for a few days, how they show themselves in our circle is a good sign for the tournament”, Lww.

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Rio world champions Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerem Boateng, who were retired by Lowe two years ago, are still on hold. It is time for the final decision on the comeback campaign until the tournament team is nominated in May.

Following the 0: 6 defeat in Spain, the selection of the German Football Association (DFB) seeks to instill a sense of optimism with an approach to EM. “If we want to make changes in the tournament, we have to lay the foundation in these three games,” Lowe said.

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