FRANKFURT, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Germany summoned Borussia Dortmund teenager Youssoufa Moukoko to their World Cup squad on Thursday as 2014 World Cup winner Mario Goetze scored a sensational comeback in the national team created after five years.
German coach Hansi Flick has announced his 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar from November 20, with 17-year-old Moukoko, who has scored six times in the Bundesliga this season, included.
“Youssoufa is a lively and quick player. We are really happy for him,” Flick said.
Werder Bremen striker Niclas Fuellkrug also secured a spot after a stellar season with 10 goals so far and the absence of injured Timo Werner and Lukas Nmecha.
But the return of 30-year-old midfielder Goetze will undoubtedly make headlines with the 2014 finals striker back to his best with a return to the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt this season.
“Mario Goetze is here. 2017 was the last time. Mario is totally happy and so are we to have him. We all know he is an exceptional player. He has played at a very high level in the last few games,” said Flick said. a press conference.
Bayern Munich provided a strong midfield core with Thomas Mueller, 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 shock first-round defeat in 2018 and kick off their Group E fixtures against Japan on November 23.
They will then face Spain four days later and Costa Rica on December 1.
Germany leave for Oman on Monday where they will play their last 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.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Antonio Ruediger (Real Madrid), Niklas Suele (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann, Armel Bella Kotchap (Southampton), Christian Guenter (Freiburg)
Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Mueller (all Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Goetze (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Forwards: Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Fuellkrug (Werder Bremen), Karim Adeyemi Borussia Dortmund)
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris and Toby Davis
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