BERLIN (AP)Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko has reportedly been included in Germany’s preliminary squad for the World Cup.
Union Berlin midfielder Rani Khedira, Borussia Monchengladbach defender Luca Netz and Werder Bremen forward Niclas Fullkrug – who is joint top scorer in the Bundesliga with eight goals – all made coach Hansi Flick’s preliminary list, German tabloid Bild said Tuesday.
National team coaches had to submit their selection of up to 55 players before a deadline of Oct. 21 to ensure their eligibility for the tournament, which starts Nov. 20. Any players who don’t make the preliminary selections will not feature in Qatar.
Moukoko has scored four goals and set up three more in 10 Bundesliga appearances so far for Dortmund this season. Khedira, the younger brother of 2014 World Cup winner Sami Khedira, has started every Bundesliga game for Union and helped the modest club surprisingly lead the table. The 19-year-old Netz is seen as a good prospect for the future.
There have been calls for Flick to include Fullkrug in the final squad as the Bremen striker’s strong physical presence creates opportunities for teammates. The 29-year-old Fullkrug has eight goals and three assists in the Bundesliga so far.
Bild only reported 44 names. It wasn’t clear if Flick had included more. The Germany coach is due to announce his 26-player final squad on Nov. 10 and didn’t want his initial selection published.
Germany has its last World Cup warmup game against Oman on Nov. 16. The four-time champion has been drawn in Group E and plays Japan on Nov. 23, Spain on Nov. 27, and Costa Rica on Dec. 1.
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