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Germany Watch: No rest for key players and a new young striker?

Hansi Flick wants to build continuity.

North Macedonia v Germany - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

In a report from kicker (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is sorting through how to best build continuity on his roster, while managing injuries and working in youngsters.

Flick has developed a plan and kicker thinks it has a bead on it. Here is what the former Bayern Munich manager has in store for the next international break:

  • Flick will continue to call-up the players he thinks are best-suited to represent Germany and not give players time off just because the squad has qualified for the World Cup.
  • Flick will not rest many regular players as he wants them to start to form bonds and build relationships on the pitch.
  • Flick could call up Mainz 05 striker Jonathan Burkardt or Wolfsburg’s Lukas Nmecha. The road block for Burkardt is that the U-21 team desperately needs him for its own qualification efforts.
  • We can expect to see a lot of familiar faces, but even with that, Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels will be one of the only players excused to help tend to his ongoing knee problems.
  • Injured players like Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Can, RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann, and Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner will also not get called up.
  • Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan is expected to return.
  • Chelsea’s Kai Havertz will get the call, despite being suspended for the Liechtenstein match.