Germany calls up 3 new players for Nations League games
FRANKFURT. Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Löw made three new call-ups on Tuesday for the upcoming Nations League games against Spain and Switzerland, his team’s first matches in almost 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Left back Robin Gosens (26) of Italian side Atalanta, midfielder Florian Neuhaus (23) of Borussia Mönchengladbach, and goalkeeper Oliver Baumann (30) of Hoffenheim were called up for the first time.
Löw opted to rest most of Bayern Munich's and Leipzig’s players after their involvement in the Champions League closing stages, but called up Paris Saint-Germain’s Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler despite their participation in the final on Sunday.
“They had a long break,” Löw said, referring to the French league being called off at the beginning of the pandemic.
Bayern’s Niklas Süle also returned after a long injury layoff, as well as Leroy Sané, who joined Bayern from Manchester City in the offseason. Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger was also recalled after an injury layoff.
Germany is to play Spain in Stuttgart on Sept. 3, three days before it faces Switzerland in Basel.
Germany’s last game was a 6-1 win over Northern Ireland on Nov. 19, 2019.
Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Robin Koch (Freiburg), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfield: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Ilkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Suat Serdar (Schalke), Luca Waldschmidt (Benfica)
Forwards: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (Chelsea)
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