European Championship nominations: Andrich, Groß and Kimmich are in the DFB squad

European Championship nominations: Andrich, Groß and Kimmich are in the DFB squad

Robert Andrich, Pascal Groß and Joshua Kimmich are three more players in the German European Championship squad. One of the nominations was given to a series villain.

“The nomination marathon for the European Championships is becoming increasingly strange. Robert Andrich received the tournament confirmation early on Wednesday morning not from national coach Julian Nagelsmann, but from his teammate Toni Kroos. In the latest edition of their podcast “Einfach mal luppen” the Kroos brothers announced Toni and Felix quite solemnly that the defensive midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen will be playing for the national soccer team at a major tournament for the first time in the summer.

“I’m very happy that we can do this here, especially with Rob. The bond with him is well known, we discussed that and that I can say this here, officially, that my good friend Robert Andrich, with him I played together at Union a few years ago,” said Felix Kroos.

Robert Andrich has been in the DFB team since autumn

Andrich made his national team debut under Nagelsmann in the fall. In March, the 29-year-old was chosen by Toni Kroos to be his partner in defensive midfield following the DFB comeback. According to reports, Kroos also campaigned for this. Andrich is considered an uncompromising winner with leadership qualities. Due to his rise in the DFB circle, Leon Goretzka, who was not nominated, also lost his standing.

As usual, the Kroos brothers chatted quite flippantly about the nomination. Toni Kroos expressed concern that he might not be at the European Championships after all. “Maybe I’ll introduce the person who took my place at the end. It’s going to be smooth in the end,” joked Kroos, who will definitely be at the European Championships and practically himself in February when he announced his return to the DFB had issued the EM ticket.

Pascal Groß is also in the European Championship squad

On Günther Jauch’s quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Pascal Groß is not there – but he is at the European Football Championship. The 32-year-old professional from English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion was presented by Jauch on Wednesday morning with a 500-euro question for national coach Julian Nagelsmann’s squad. Small, tall, fat, thin – were the possible answers. “That’s actually more of a 5 euro question,” said Jauch, who stood in front of a shirt with soup advertising in the Instagram video on the DFB page.

Joshua Kimmich as a fan of “GZSZ”

Joshua Kimmich got the next day ticket at the European Championship nomination marathon. The right-back from FC Bayern Munich was nominated for the home tournament on Wednesday by actor Wolfgang Bahro alias Jo Gerner on the set of the series “Good Times, Bad Times” (GZSZ). Kimmich has been known as a fan of the cult show for many years.

In Nagelsmann’s concept for the home tournament, Kimmich takes a regular place on the far right in the four-man defense chain. The national coach had moved him back from the six-man position after the test disappointments in November against Turkey (2:3) and in Austria (0:2). The 29-year-old is now taking on this role again at FC Bayern.

For Kimmich, after four unsuccessful attempts and disappointments at the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the 2021 European Championship, the home European Championship is the next attempt to finally win a major title with the national team. With 84 international matches, he is the most experienced player in the squad behind the 2014 world champions Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller.

Nagelsmann will announce the final squad, which will probably initially consist of 26 or 27 players, on Thursday (1 p.m.) in Berlin.

Note: This article will be updated after each nomination.

Source: Stern

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