Germany World Cup squad: Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko called up for Qatar | Football News

Germany surprised 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko for their 26-man World Cup squad, while Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap was also included.

Germany head coach Hansi Flick has announced his 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, with teenager Moukoko, who has scored six times in the Bundesliga this season, selected following Timo’s absence Werner, injured.

Werder Bremen striker Niclas Fullkrug also secured a spot after a stellar season with 10 goals so far.

Saints centre-back Bella-Kotchap is one of four Premier League players included in the squad along with West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Chelsea striker Kai Havertz.

Germany's Kai Havertz, left, celebrates with team-mate Leroy Sane, center, and Timo Werner after scoring his side's second goal in the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane head to Qatar with Germany

There is also a sensational return for 30-year-old midfielder Mario Gotze, who is back in the national team after a five-year absence.

Gotze, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, is back to his best after returning to the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt this season.

“Mario Gotze is here. 2017 was the last time. Mario is totally happy and so are we to have him. It gives us many options,” Flick said at a press conference.

Hummels and Reus absent

Bayern Munich provide a strong midfield core with Thomas Muller, teenager Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will lead the team and remains first choice for the fourth consecutive World Cup.

Four-time winners Germany are looking to make amends for their surprise first-round loss in 2018, with the team departing for Oman on Monday, where they will play their final warm-up match on November 16 before flying to Doha.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels missed the mark, however, with the former failing to recover from another injury in time.

Reus also missed the 2014 World Cup after picking up an injury on the eve of leaving for Brazil where he won the title.

“He tried everything to catch that train. It hurts us because we could have used his quality,” Flick said.

Germany’s full World Cup squad

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

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton), Christian Gunter (Freiburg)

Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller (all from Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt )

Strikers: Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Fullkrug (Werder Bremen), Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund)

Germany World Cup group stage schedule

All GMT Kickoffs

Germany versus Japan – November 23, kick-off 1 p.m.

Spain v Germany – November 27, kick-off 7 p.m.

Costa Rica v Germany – December 1, kick-off 7 p.m.

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