Mats Hummels still hopes to find a place in the German national team at the World Cup in Qatar and will be satisfied with the role of a reserve player.
“I have already made it very clear that I will fulfill every role given to me to the best of my ability. When I am there, I will put everything in balance,” said the 33-year-old from Dortmund. the defense chief in his team’s 0-2 loss at Wolfsburg on Tuesday night sky.
The prospect of a nomination has motivated the 76-time international, who last wore a DFB shirt when the European Championship ends in June 2021, in recent months. “I’ve been working hard on a lot of things over the summer and that’s part of it. Of course I will be happy. I love playing in Germany.”
World Cup 2022: When will the German team play?
- Group: Group E
- Group opponents: Japan, Spain, Costa Rica
- 1st leg: Germany – Japan (kick-off: 23 November 2022, 14:00)
- 2nd leg: Spain – Germany (kick-off: 27 November 2022, 20:00)
- 3rd match: Costa Rica – Germany (kick-off: 01 December 2022, 20:00)
- Possible Round of 16 opponents: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Hummels expects a quick call
National coach Flick will announce his 26-man squad on Thursday (12:00). The 2014 world champion, by his own statements, still does not know if he belongs.
Even in case of cancellation, he expects a call from the national coach. “Let’s put it this way: I guess he will call whether I’m there or not,” Hummels said. He can overcome rejection. “If Hansie Flick takes other men with her, they’re still very nice guys. Then I use the time to prepare as well as possible for the second half of the season.”