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National team: Flick against Japan with a new defense

National team: Flick against Japan with a new defense

The DFB team wants to bring about a change in the mood in the country at the start of the European Championship season with a win against Japan. For this purpose, the national coach is rebuilding part of the team.

National coach Hansi Flick starts the first game of the supposed “core team” for the 2024 home European Championship with Joshua Kimmich as right-back.

As expected, the 28-year-old from FC Bayern will move into the defensive line for the game in Wolfsburg against Japan. This is completed by returnees Niklas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger and Nico Schlotterbeck.

When in possession of the ball, Kimmich could move into midfield, where Emre Can will play the more defensive role behind the new captain Ilkay Gündogan. Munich’s Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry and playmaker Florian Wirtz play behind England professional Kai Havertz as the central striker.

Flick had announced that, after the weak performances in June, he would experiment with formation and personnel from September onwards to let the team get in, which should play a key role in the home tournament next summer.

The German lineup:

ter Stegen – Kimmich, Süle, Rüdiger, Schlotterbeck – Can, Gündogan – Sané, Wirtz, Gnabry – Havertz

Source: Stern

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