Germany taking Moukoko, 17, to World Cup; Reus misses out

Germany is taking 17-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko to the World Cup although Borussia Dortmund teammates Marco Reus and Mats Hummels have missed out.

Coach Hansi Flick named his 26-man squad for Qatar on Thursday, rewarding Moukoko for scoring six objectives and establishing 4 extra in 13 Bundesliga appearances this season. Moukoko is the youngest participant to clock 10 profession Bundesliga objectives. Final season, he turned the youngest participant to seem within the league.

“Youssoufa offers the crew quite a bit. He is quick, he is vigorous. We’re trying ahead to him,” Flick mentioned.

Werder Bremen ahead Niclas Füllkrug was one other shock callup, filling a niche left by Timo Werner’s damage. Füllkrug has 10 objectives in 13 Bundesliga video games this season.

“Momentum is on his aspect,” Flick mentioned of Füllkrug, who was enjoying within the second division final season and had but to play for Germany.

Earlier than Flick named his squad, he referred to the human rights state of affairs in Qatar and up to date homophobic feedback made by former Qatar participant Khalid Salman, a World Cup ambassador.

“It leaves us speechless, surprised,” Flick mentioned of the feedback. “It simply occurred in the previous couple of days. It is extraordinarily necessary on one hand that we because the DFB (German soccer federation) and the gamers clearly give attention to the sports activities, sure, however in fact we even have to deal with what the human rights state of affairs is like in Qatar. We’ll need to preserve our eyes and ears open there.”

Flick mentioned there was no query of simply concentrating on the soccer and ignoring all the opposite points, that it was the crew’s “job” to deal with them.

“We do not wish to duck away, however we wish to draw consideration to the abuses after they occur,” Flick mentioned. “We nonetheless have leverage once we’re there and that is why I feel it is fairly clear that we try this, too. That is what the DFB stands for and that is what the crew stands for. Just a few gamers have already addressed it, so I feel we’re heading in the right direction.”

Reus is lacking out on a serious match but once more. The Dortmund captain has struggled to recuperate from an ankle damage in September throughout the Ruhr derby win over Schalke. Reus made two transient appearances since however complained of elevated ache final weekend.

Reus missed Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 with an ankle damage sustained in a warmup sport, and a groin damage dominated him out of the 2016 European Championship. He performed in Germany’s unsuccessful World Cup protection in 2018 however skipped the following European Championship to recuperate after his season with Dortmund.

“It hurts us all,” Flick mentioned of Reus’ absence.

Hummels has performed effectively this season, however he’s additionally inclined to damage and Flick evidently had doubts about whether or not the middle again may cope with the trials of a month-long match.

“We determined to present a youthful participant an opportunity,” Flick mentioned.

Bayern Munich gamers once more have outstanding roles inside the squad – goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller can be anticipated to deliver their expertise to bear.

Mario Götze, who scored the World Cup-winning aim within the remaining towards Argentina in 2014, is again within the squad after a protracted absence. Götze has returned to prime type since his Bundesliga return at Eintracht Frankfurt.

“For those who take a look at his final video games, they had been at a excessive degree,” Flick mentioned. “He is a superb footballer and an important individual.”

Germany has a remaining World Cup warmup on Tuesday towards Oman in Muscat. Its match begins towards Japan in Doha on Nov. 23. 4 days later, it faces Spain in Al Khor, the place it additionally performs its final sport in Group E towards Costa Rica on Dec. 1.

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Germany:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defenders: Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), David Raum (Leipzig), Antonio Rüdiger (Actual Madrid), Niklas Süle (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Armell Bella Kotchap (Southampton)

Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester Metropolis), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Mario Götze (Eintracht Frankfurt) , Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

Forwards: Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas Füllkrug (Werder Bremen), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund)

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