Former Germany international Rudi Völler will take charge for their upcoming friendly against France on Tuesday night. This comes following the dismissal of Hansi Flick after Germany’s 4-1 defeat against Japan with the team now winless in their last five games. Since the World Cup, Germany have won just one, a 2-0 win against Peru.
According to Kicker, Völler could opt for old guard Müller to start as the team’s No. 9, with Kai Havertz dropping to the bench after failing to impress, and with Niclas Füllkrug absent. Leroy Sane and Florian Wirtz are both expected to retain their place in Germany’s starting XI, but Julian Brandt may come in for Serge Gnabry.
With Flick’s failed experiment of playing Joshua Kimmich as an inverted right-back, the Bayern Munich player should revert back to a central position, alongside Ilkay Gündogan with Emre Can dropping to the bench.
In defence, Milan’s Malick Thiaw could play in his third game for Germany, alongside Real Madrid’s Antonio Rüdiger. Benjamin Henrichs and Robin Gosens are both expected to return to the starting XI with Marc-Andre ter Stegen keeping his place in goal.
Predicted Germany XI vs France
Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Benjamin Henrichs, Malick Thiaw, Antonio Rüdiger, Robin Gosens – Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gündogan – Leroy Sane, Florian Wirtz, Julian Brandt – Thomas Müller
GGFN | Daniel Pinder