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National team: Flicks World Cup countdown: Hungary as a touchstone towards Qatar

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Flick’s World Cup countdown: Hungary as a touchstone towards Qatar

National coach Hansi Flick speaks at a press conference. photo

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Now the World Cup countdown is ticking. Exactly two months before the first group game at the World Cup against Japan, Hansi Flick wants to send out a sporting signal.

Now the World Cup countdown is ticking. Exactly two months before the first group game at the World Cup against Japan, Hansi Flick wants to send out a sporting signal.

With a win against Hungary, the German national football team should take the lead in Group 3 of League A in the Nations League today (8.45 p.m. / ZDF). The national coach hopes to make a “statement” with the group win, which should be completed three days later in Wembley against England.

The Hungarians (7 points) are still ahead in the difficult group with the DFB team (6), Italy (5) and England (2). But the Flick-Elf can change that in the arena in Leipzig. “The whole team is looking forward to the game, after which we will hopefully be top of the table,” said RB attacker Timo Werner before his home international match.

Marc-André ter Stegen will be in goal due to Manuel Neuer’s failure due to a positive corona test. Flick has once again manifested the hierarchy among the German goalkeepers: Neuer is number one, followed by ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp as other World Cup greats as well as Oliver Baumann and Bernd Leno as possible replacement candidates.

Flick expressed himself cryptically about a possible use of Thomas Müller (33). The Bayern driver would be the logical replacement captain for Neuer with 116 international matches so far, but surprisingly there was no guarantee from Flick. “If he plays,” he will also wear the captain’s armband, said Flick. Just poker or actually a demotion of the veteran? Flick will give Müller’s answer in the evening.

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