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Breaking down Joachim Löw’s Germany call-ups for Estonia & Argentina

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Youngsters Nadiem Amiri and Luca Waldschmidt may get a chance to prove their mettle as Germany faces Argentina. Marc André ter Stegen will also presumably play 90 minutes.

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Joachim Löw has finally made his most recent call-ups for this upcoming International Break. All things considered, this is a rather regular lineup for Joachim Löw given all the injuries he’s currently dealing with as well as a lack of some impactful player’s he’s decided not to call up anymore (Sorry Hummels, Boateng & Müller). However, there are still some questions pertaining to some of his choices for a team currently tied in first place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group.

One of the more intriguing aspect of his roster is seeing some of the newer call-ups such as U-21 mainstays Nadiem Amiri and Luca Waldschmidt. It’s encouraging to see Low continue to give young players a chance to earn their place in Die Mannshaft. Question is, however, are they expected have a large role or are they here just to experience practice and be relegated to the bench? In both of their cases, I have a feeling they might see the field in the friendly with Argentina but, barring an injury, they don’t fit in the available XI that Löw will field for Germany’s Euro qualifier vs Estonia. Amiri and Waldschmidt are both talented players, but they also have a lot of room to improve to secure spots for future call-ups.

Nadiem Amiri of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in action during the...
Nadiem Amiri
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In regards to the remainder of the squad, we can expect to see Kimmich, Werner, Gnabry, Kroos, Süle and Reus as surefire starters vs Estonia, but then again Löw has a penchant for questionable squad choices (such as Jonathan Tah’s regular starts). What we believe to be the stronger XI is not necessarily what Löw views as strongest.

At the end of the day, though, Löw has a talented squad in the midfield and the attack. While his defense leaves a lot of room for improvement, there is a level of security knowing that Germany has two of the top goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer and Marc Andre ter-Stegen at the ready.

Löw may tinker with his lineup and formation against Argentina, but the Euro qualifier vs Estonia will hopefully see a similar lineup of regular starters, and a scoreline similar to the last one (8-0 for Germany).