Germany manager Joachim Loew has decided to call up Hoffenheim defender NiklasSule as one of the newcomers to the national team.
The German national team will be involved in a testimonial for Bastian Schweinsteiger. The former Bayern Munich midfielder recently announced his retirement from international football. A 24 man squad has been selected for the testimonial and the inclusion of this 20-year-old youngster is likely to be one of several coming in the upcoming months.Loew will have to build the team in several areas of the pitch due to the retirement of key players after the Euro 2016.
Lucas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger are two of the high profile players to announce the retirement after the conclusion of this Euro 2016. Just after the World Cup 2014, striker Miroslav Klose announced his exit from the national team scene. Despite boasting some of the finest quality of youngsters in world football, Germany struggled to replicate the success at the World Cup. They were ultimately beaten in the semifinals by Portugal. However, focus quickly shifts to the World Cup qualifiers as Germany hope to retain the trophy that they won in Brazil. The first of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers will see Germany take on Norway just days after the friendly against Finland.
“Max Meyer and Julian Brandt have already been with us while we wanted to get to know Niklas better.The trio have deserved this call with their performances. I think they will also see this as a motivation and incentive to continue performing consistently well.We hope to see them take the next step in their development as they have great potential. As a general rule, the door to the national team is open and I am sure that over the coming months, more players will be given a chance by us,” said Loew.