Jerome Boateng has been successful in his race to be fully fit on time for the World Cup with Germany. The Bayern Munich center back has been working individually at Die Mannschaft’s training camp in South Tyrol, Italy and made Joachim Low’s final 23-man roster for the tournament, which was announced on Tuesday. As expected, Boateng also resumed full team training on Tuesday after the team’s official photo shoot, for which he was one of the first players to arrive for (via FCBayern.com)
Sebastian Rudy on Germany’s intense sessions
Sebastian Rudy was among the 7 Bayern players included in Low’s final 23-man roster for the World Cup despite being the one player from the Bavarian contingent people felt was most likely to get cut by the deadline. The midfielder described the intensity that you have to bring to each and every training session at the camp:
You have to give 120 per cent in every training session, never relax but just get stuck in.
Due to the plethora of talents that Germany possess for virtually all positions, competition for places is increasingly tight, and Rudy is no stranger to such competition with Bayern Munich. Showing versatility, he explains, helps your cause in a camp where talents are so plentiful:
One [player] is just as good as the other as everything is is at the top level. I feel most at home in defensive midfield. But it’s always good as a player if you’re versatile.
Low will have one last opportunity to test his players in match minutes as Die Mannschaft have their last preparatory friendly against Saudi Arabia on June 8th at the BayArena in Leverkusen. By then, Germany’s opening match of the group stages against Mexico in Moscow will only be 9 days away and will arguably be their toughest match in group play.