Whether on the six, eight or ten: The crowd in the central midfield of the German national team is great. The World Cup qualifiers against Iceland (today from 8.45 p.m. on LIVETICKER), Romania (March 28th) and North Macedonia (March 31st) serve as the last auditions before the European Championship.
National coach Joachim Löw has a total of 22 squad places, of which, compared to previous tournaments, about eight go to players who are based in the central midfield.
Who is sure to be in the squad for the summer tournament? Who is wobbling? And who only has outsider chances? SPOX and goal do the midfield check.
Even if he is not available for the March internationals due to injury, Kroos is set under Löw. The national coach about the 2014 world champion: “With his experience, class and personality, Toni is a key player who plays a very important role in our further planning – on and off the pitch.” It could be the last European Championship for the Real Madrid professional.
A constant in the Bayern midfield, a constant in the DFB midfield. Löw could also bring Kimmich, although he appreciates his presence in the center and qualities in the build-up of the game, as a right-back – where the problems are definitely bigger and there is less competition. As a “mentality monster”, he has recently climbed the hierarchy of the national team. In the 6-0 debacle in Spain, Kimmich, still injured at the time, was sorely missed.
DFB midfield: The set
Like Kimmich, an indispensable part of the “greedy” 1995 generation who take responsibility on and off the pitch. Goretzka can play anything in midfield – his dynamism, his feel for the ball and his understanding of the game are important weapons. Löw sees him “a bit more offensive” than at Bayern.
In the past (also due to injury) not always up to date, the Gelsenkirchen native is playing the season of his life and has discovered the goalscorer in himself. 16 competitive goals for Manchester City enlarge Löw’s luxury problem in the center. Kroos, Kimmich, Goretzka and Gündogan are likely to fight for two to three positions depending on the system (3-5-2, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3). It cannot be ruled out that the national coach will test the ex-BVB star in the next few games on the ten. “Ilkay is a very good preparer, but is now also a good final player. It is good for us if he plays a little further up front,” said Löw.
The strong puller in the midfield of Borussia Mönchengladbach flies a little under the radar in public, but after only three international matches he enjoys the trust of Löw and is considered the first alternative to the inviolable Kroos, Kimmich, Goretzka and Gündogan. If nothing out of the ordinary happens, the EM ticket is safe for him.