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Gundogan,Rudiger and Gosens doubts for Germany’s clash against England

Tue 29 June 2021 | 8:42

Die Mannschaft might be forced to play their last-16 tie without the service of some of their best players.

Germany

will face

England

in their Euro 2020 round-of-16 battle on Tuesday. The Germans finished as Group F runner-ups behind France as they collected four points from their three group-stage games. Germany played with a full squad in the group stage, but they might miss some of their best players for the clash against England.

Ilkay Gundogan

,

Antonio Rudiger

, and

Robin Gosens

are all in danger of missing the battle at Wembley. Gundogan was substituted in the 58th minute of Germany’s clash against Hungary last week. Having suffered a bruised skull, the Manchester City midfielder did not train with Germany's squad on Monday. Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens might also miss the game against the Three Lions due to having “cold symptoms”.

When asked about Gundogan’s situation, the Germany boss

Joachim Low

told reporters:

"Well Ilkay, he suffered this cranial bruise and before he still felt a little bit dizzy, especially in training, so we said, 'OK, we have to stop his load', and for today he did a good job of 13 minutes so we have to decide about tomorrow.

"Ilkay couldn't participate in the whole team training, but this was discussed and agreed on before."

Leon Goretzka

is expected to fill in for the injured Manchester City star. Goretzka replaced Gundogan in Germany’s match against Hungary and scored the crucial equalizer for the Germans.

Asked about the injuries of Rudiger and Gosens, Low responded:

"About the other two they had caught a cold, symptoms of a cold, they haven't felt so well, not powerful and so we took some blood samples and there are low infections, small infections.

"Maybe it gets better in one day, maybe they get up tomorrow and feel well already but maybe, on the other hand, it can get worse overnight so we have to wait until tomorrow.

"I don't know if these players will be at [our] disposal, I can't say it yet, but we will have other solutions."

England are looking forward to beating Germany in the knockout phase of a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final. Low is aware of the historic rivalry and says his players are highly motivated to play at Wembley.

"Well I think that all the matches that have taken place between England and Germany, you talk about them for years afterwards."

Low added.

"This is a match that electrifies everybody, for both teams it is in and out, now or never a winner and a loser, one team goes home. There is a lot at stake, what I feel is that we are highly motivated, all the players are.

"We have analysed after our match against Hungary, we are looking forward to this great encounter and evening ahead.

"We shouldn't think about maybe trying to present a lot of spectacular or beautiful football and in the end lose it, you want to win such a match and you can win such a match only if you show a good performance.

"Both teams are playing at a very good level and so we have to throw in everything that we have, be calm in certain situations, be cool in certain situations, don't get out of your match.

"So as a coach I want to win this match, we want to win this match and at the end we want to make it into the next round, it doesn't matter what happens on the pitch but we need to win the decisive key moments."

Low, who led the Germans to the 2014 World Cup glory, will leave Die Mannschaft after the Euros. The 61-year-old will be replaced by his former assistant Hansi Flick, who terminated his contract with Bayern Munich last month.

When asked about the prospect of leaving the national team after a potential defeat against England, Low responded:

"I thought about it [that it could be his last match for Germany] for two seconds, but to be honest I don't think about it, I have so many other thoughts in my head at the moment.

"There is great anticipation, joy. This is why you become a coach, you have passion to compete in matches tomorrow night. My whole focus is on the match tomorrow night and hope we will succeed."


source: SportMob