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Antonio Di Salvo names Germany U-21 squad for Italy friendly!

Germany U-21 head coach Antonio Di Salvo has named his squad for the last international of the year in Ancona against Italy (November 19, 17:30 CET). Among the 23-player squad are two prominent returnees in Jonathan Burkhardt (FSV Mainz 05) and Kevin Schade (SC Freiburg), who both missed the last two internationals against France (0-1 loss) and England (1-3 loss).

Denis Huseinbasic (1.FC Köln), Maurice Malone (Wolfsberger AC) and Noah Weißhaupt (SC Freiburg) have been called up to the U-21s for the first time. Di Salvo has to deal with the absence of Josha Vagnoman (VfB Stuttgart), Faride Alidou and the suspended Ansgar Knauff (both Eintracht Frankfurt). Armel Bella Kotchap (Southampton FC) and Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund) have been selected by Germany head coach Hansi Flick in his squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

“We want keep measuring ourselves up against the best, with Italy the next high-calibre team that lies ahead of us,” said Di Salvo. “Through exactly this kind of game we will be able to perfectly prepare for the European Championship this coming year. We are hoping that we can build on our good moments from the games against France and England and take a step further in our development.”

The U21s coach carried on, “I am really pleased for Armel and Youssoufa. To play in the FIFA World Cup is the biggest thing in football. That they are already taking part in the tournament at this age is a special commendation of these players and all of the clubs, associations and coaches that played a part in their development. We wish both of them and the team all the best.”

Joti Chatzialexiou, Sports Manager of the Talent Promotion Program, said: “We are looking forward to a highly watchable international game against Italy. Through good co-operation with the clubs we have still been able to go into this classic fixture with a strong group of players, even in this period with the winter World Cup, numerous tours abroad and outside of the official release period. It is excellent that some clubs have released so many players. Unfortunately, there are also teams that judge the value of internationals games against their own friendlies differently. We are focussing on the positive examples however, and go into this international as full of passion and engaged as ever.”

The U21s meet at Home Ground on the adidas complex in Herzogenaurach this Sunday. The building complex at Home Ground is an extension of the adidas Campus where the men’s and women’s national teams were accommodated for the last European Championships and since then has served as accommodation for a number of athletes and teams, as well as a conference centre for employees. In building Home Ground and in its subsequent usage, a special emphasis has been placed on sustainability.

On the Sunday morning after the game against Italy, the team will travel back to Germany and then meet again in March 2023 to complete the last two official internationals before the UEFA U-21 European Championship in Romania and Georgia (from June 21 to July 8, 2023). The defending champions have been drawn in Group C with Israel, Czechia and England. The group winner and second-placed side will reach the quarterfinals. From this round the teams play each other in a knockout format.

GERMANY U-21

Goalkeepers
Nico Mantl (Red Bull Salzburg), Christian Früchtl (Austria Wien), Noah Atubolu (SC Freiburg)

Defenders
Maximilian Bauer (FC Augsburg), Yann Aurel Bisseck (Aarhus GF), Marton Dardai (Hertha BSC), Kilian Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg), Noah Katterbach (FC Basel), Malick Thiaw (AC Mailand)

Midfielders/Forwards
Jonathan Burkardt (1.FSV Mainz 05), Denis Huseinbasic (1.FC Köln), Yannik Keitel (SC Freiburg), Tom Krauß (FC Schalke 04), Eric Martel (1.FC Köln), Felix Nmecha (VfL Wolfsburg), Maurice Malone (Wolfsberger AC), Lazar Samardzic (Udinese Calcio), Kevin Schade (SC Freiburg), Angelo Stiller (1899 TSG Hoffenheim), Jan Thielmann (1.FC Köln), Noah Weißhaupt (SC Freiburg)

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