Gundogan is the new captain of Germany
In December 2022, Manuel Neuer broke his leg while on vacation. Although he has recently returned to training, he has still not returned to competition. During his absence, he notably missed five matches played by his selection. And, in this context, Hansi Flick decided to change the captain. He has just given the armband to Ilkay Gundogan.
Flick revealed his choice at a press conference this Friday, September 8. Gundogan, who was already Manchester City captain last season, described his new role as “Great honor” But his twitter account, However, the Mannschaft coach handed the armband to Joshua Kimmich for Germany’s first five matches of the year. But that’s why he preferred to appoint someone else.
Kimmich to support him
In comments reported by west franceFlick justified his choice: “It gives new energy, which we can use. , However, the former Bayern coach named Gundogan and Kimmich “A pair of leaders. , The latter should therefore always play an important role in German selection. It remains to be seen what Neuer’s situation will be when he returns.
Gundogan will play his first match as Germany’s number one captain this Saturday, September 9. Mannschaft will face Japan at the Volkswagen-Arena in Wolfsburg from 8:45 pm onwards. While other European selections are busy qualifying for Euro 2024, Hansi Flick’s men will therefore be entitled to a friendly match. Because, as a reminder, they are the ones who will host the competition next summer. Germany therefore automatically qualified as the tournament organizer.