The England legionaries around Ilkay Gündogan and Timo Werner are allowed to travel to Duisburg for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the German national team. This was announced by the German Football Association (DFB) on Thursday after a corresponding decision by the Duisburg health department. The approval could be given “in accordance with the currently valid Corona entry regulation North Rhine-Westphalia”, but is bound to “extremely strict additional requirements” of the DFB.
Despite the classification of the United Kingdom as a virus variant area, national coach Joachim Löw Gündogan, Werner, Kai Havertz, Antonio Rüdiger and Bernd Leno can use it in the home games against Iceland (March 25) and North Macedonia (March 31) in Duisburg. In addition, the DFB-Elf will play a game in Romania (March 28). The roster will be announced on Friday.
The regulation of the authorities generally provides for an exemption for those arriving from Great Britain to exercise their profession. So you are not only referring to the upcoming football games. The health department had made it clear that the players affected would have to be isolated within the national team’s already existing “bubble” after they entered the country.
They are not allowed to have any contact with other people outside of the game, training and team meetings. In addition to the daily tests that have already been carried out, additional daily antigen rapid tests are further prerequisites.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff had already been optimistic on Thursday afternoon. “We are confident, also because the English mutation is becoming more and more widespread,” said Bierhoff in a DFB media talk, the discussions with the relevant health authorities went well. The DFB team will meet and live in Düsseldorf on Monday.