Fubball national coach franco foda also nominated konrad laimer and marcel sabitzer from konigsklassen semifinalist RB leipzig. The austrians meet in the nations league on 4. September in oslo on norway and then on 7. September in klagenfurt on romania. The 23-man squad includes a total of 18 german legionnaires.
It was "his thing," said foda. "Marcel sabitzer and konrad laimer have had a week’s rest after coming off," he said, referring to leipzig’s 0:3 loss to paris saint-germain on 18. August. The feedback has been "very, very positive". "I have communicated with david via whatsapp very often," foda continued. "There were no negative jolts there either, so i expect all the players to join the national team this weekend and i’ll use them too."
Poland’s national soccer team, meanwhile, will play its upcoming nations league games against the netherlands and bosnia-herzegovina without alaba’s bayern teammate robert lewandowski. This was announced by the national federation PZPN. After bayern’s champions league win over paris saint-germain, lewandowski needs a break, says national coach jerzy brzeczek.
"I talked to robert today, and we both felt that this is the best moment for him to recover physically and mentally after such exhausting encounters," brzeczek explained. Lewandowski, however, remains the captain and a "key player" of the polish national team.
Jadon sancho, on the other hand, is in the lineup for the english national team’s games in iceland and denmark. England coach gareth southgate nominated the 20-year-old professional from bundesliga club borussia dortmund as expected. The two national games will be played on 5. September in rejkjavik and on the 8. September in copenhagen.
Southgate also named manchester united captain harry maguire in his squad, who had to stand trial before the greek judiciary during his summer vacation on saturday and was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and attempted bribery in his absence on tuesday.
The background to the incident was an altercation between several parties, in which maguire is also said to have been involved. The 27-year-old was subsequently arrested early and denies all charges. He can appeal against the verdict.
His appointment was not an easy decision, said southgate. "I can only rely on the information I have. And I talked to harry," the coach explained. "If the facts were to change, of course i would have to rethink it. But I have no reason to doubt what he told me." Whether southgate now decides differently after the guilty verdict remains to be seen.
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