The World Cup in Qatar is getting closer and the German national team is still a long way from a possible world champion form. The 1-0 defeat against Hungary and the wild 3-3 in England clearly showed that national coach Hansi Flick (57) still has a lot of work to do before the tournament starts.
The DFB-Elf has a lot of catching up to do, especially on the offensive. “Timo Werner lacks self-confidence and luck in front of goal at the moment. Kai Havertz did very well against England and is a fantastic footballer, but not a classic centre-forward,” writes Lothar Matthäus (61) in his column on “Sky”.
Our record national player therefore predicts a World Cup surprise in the striker!
“I am sure that Hansi Flick will take a centre-forward to the World Cup that is not yet on the list. We need someone who can at least be substituted on and who is always good for a headed goal,” writes Matthäus, but does not give a specific name.
Judging by the current Bundesliga top scorers list, Niklas Füllkrug (29) could be a possible surprise candidate. The Werder striker has already scored five goals in the first seven matchdays. Only Sheraldo Becker (27, Union Berlin) has scored more often in the league.
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Meanwhile, Lothar Matthäus does not want to overstate the fact that the DFB-Elf scored three times at Wembley Stadium: “To be honest, the English gave us two goals. And at a World Cup, you shouldn’t count on goals being given to you.”
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Exactly one week later things get serious with the first group match against Japan. Other preliminary round opponents are Spain (November 27) and Costa Rica (December 1). The final will take place on December 18th.