Stuttgart (dpa) – Now the waiting time for Joachim Löw has come to an end. After more than nine months without an international match, the national football team has ended the extended break due to the corona pandemic.
The national coach gathers his team of 22 players in the Waldhotel in Stuttgart on Monday. “You can all imagine that we are incredibly happy to be able to intervene again,” said Löw.
After the mandatory corona tests, the DFB head coach starts with the first training early on Monday evening with the preparation for the games in the Nations League. On Thursday there is a meeting with former world champion Spain in Stuttgart. Three days later, the first away match against Switzerland is in Basel. Spectators are not allowed in either game.
Low has not nominated the four Champions League winners in Munich Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry. The Leipzig top class semi-finalists Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg also get a break from the national coach. “We just have to think and act foresight. Next year we will all be measured at the EM,” said Löw, justifying the permanent staff’s voluntary waiver.
However, for the first time after their cruciate ligament fracture, Munich-based Leroy Sané and Niklas Süle are back in the squad. Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus and Robin Gosens of Atalanta Bergamo are about to make their debut in the national jersey.
The DFB selection played the last international match so far on November 19, 2019 with 6-1 in the European Championship qualification against Northern Ireland. The planned EM tests in March in Spain and Italy have already been canceled due to the corona pandemic. The EM was postponed to summer 2021.
“The top priority is next year’s European Championship. I know that you can only win if you can enter the tournament mentally and physically fresh. Next year the European Championship will be above everything else,” said Löw. Still, he wants to seriously contest the Nations League.
“The sporting importance is of course given in the matches, we play against Spain and Switzerland. The Nations League is a very good competition, the teams are at a very high level. That is also good for our development of the young players”, emphasized. the National coach.
In the 2018 premiere competition, the German selection failed to win two matches against France and the Netherlands. Just because the A-League has been expanded from twelve to sixteen teams by UEFA will the German team continue to compete at the top of the league.