U21 national team in check before the EM: “Star” Baku, hope Moukoko and the big strangers

The German U21 national team will start the European Championship preliminary round against Hungary on Wednesday. The squad of DFB trainer Stefan Kuntz in the check.

After the one-week preliminary round in Hungary and Slovenia, the knockout phase will not follow until the summer. In addition to the German national team, 15 other teams are fighting to reach the final round.

Was kicked off in summer by Bayer Leverkusen as potential number two from 1. FC Kaiserslautern, but had to line up behind Niklas Lomb after the injury to Werkself goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Since he blatantly blundered several times, Grill made his Bundesliga debut against SC Freiburg at the end of February. The 22-year-old has since conceded seven goals in four games, none of which was on his cap. Grill played a significant role in the only zero match in Mönchengladbach. Of all three goalkeepers, the Leverkusen-based man has the most appearances in the U21s. Kuntz recently left it open whether he is planned as number one for this year’s European Championship: “We are waiting for the final training.”

Last year was anything but desirable for the Freiberg native. Three games after the restart, he was replaced by the former Schalke number one Alexander Nübel, because he had made an uncertain impression that after his loan move to Eintracht, Schubert could not get beyond the role of substitute keeper. The difficult phase at the Royal Blues “helped him brutally in retrospect”, as he said in an interview with the kicker betrayed in October. It remains to be seen whether he is the first option in the can for Kuntz.

The first 45 minutes of the Bundesliga could not have gone better for Dahmen: of all things, the Mainz player kept the clean slate for half of the year against FC Bayern and knew how to please with good actions. After changing sides, however, the 22-year-old swallowed a whopping five goals. “A childhood dream” had come true for him, he said after his debut. It should be his last appearance in the German House of Lords so far. Dahmen are said to have the lowest chances for the space between the U21 posts.

Lennart Grill

Finn Dahmen

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