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David Alaba called up to Austria squad for upcoming qualifiers

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No surprise here, though he’s listed as a defender for them this time instead of a midfielder.

Austria v Poland - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has been called up to the Austria squad by manager Franco Foda for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Latvia and Poland during the international break. During the last international break back in June, Austria recorded two wins against Slovenia and North Macedonia, respectively; however, Alaba only took part in the match against Slovenia. He had pulled out of the squad for the North Macedonia match due to a muscular problem after wearing the captain’s armband against Slovenia and playing a part in setting up the Guido Burgstaller goal that saw them win 1-0.

Ironically enough, in the 23-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, Alaba is officially listed as a defender (per the OFB web site), but he’s most often been utilized as a midfielder for Austria, predominantly on the left wing. His natural position for Bayern, of course, is left back, but Foda prefers to deputize him as a midfielder, keeping a back four of Martin Hinteregger, Aleksandar Dragović, Stefan Lainer, and Andreas Ulmer just in front of keeper Heinz Lindner. Playing Alaba in a more advanced role for Austria gives him significantly more freedom to roam forward and assume an attacking role than he might be used to at Bayern playing at left back.

Fellow Bundesliga compatriot of FC Schalke, Guido Burgstaller has also announced his retirement from international football after 7 and a half years with the Red and White: