Essen (dpa) – Just like the national men’s team in the Nations League, the German female football players are also facing a cold start after a long Corona break.
“For us, it’s about finding each other as a team as quickly as possible,” said national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg during a virtual press conference for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers for the DFB-Elf on September 19 in Essen (2:00 pm / ZDF) . ) against Ireland and three days later in Montenegro (Tuesday / 4pm / ARD).
The team will meet in Essen next Monday to prepare for their first international match in the Revier. Voss-Tecklenburg had nominated their selection of 24 players for the first international matches since the Algarve Cup tournament, which was canceled on Monday due to the corona pandemic.
Of the two dozen players, one quartet will not travel to Montenegro for stress management reasons. These are the three Wolfsburg ladies Alexandra Popp, Svenja Huth and Kathrin Hendrich, who only recently contested the Champions League final against Olympique Lyon, as well as Sara Däbritz. The 25-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain was out for a long time due to a torn cruciate ligament, but is now fit again. “We wanted Sara back as a leader. She’s feeling very good at the moment,” said the 52-year-old coach.