Coach confirmed German national team Football Association Hansi Flick announced today, Friday, that Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will take over the captaincy of Die Mannschaft, nine months before the country hosts the finals. European Nations Cup 2024.
And it was Gundogan He captained Manchester City – the English Premier League and Champions League champion – during the 2022-23 season before leaving for the Spanish League.
Flick’s statements talk about appointing Gundogan as captain of the German national team
The 32-year-old will wear the captain’s armband during Saturday’s international friendly match against… Japan In the city of Wolfsburg.
In the absence of the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Who suffered a fracture in his right leg during a skiing accident in early December, following the disappointing exit from the first round of the World Cup in Qatar, Flick chose the Bayern Munich midfielder. Joshua Kimmich Leader in international friendly matches last March and June.
“It gives new energy that we can use,” Flick explained of the “leadership duo” he aimed to create between Gundogan and 28-year-old Kimmich.
“I am happy with this vote of confidence. It is a great honor for me to lead this still young team,” Gundogan said, adding that he realizes the “responsibility” placed on the shoulders of whoever leads the four-time world and three-time European champions.