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Germany Nations League squad: Southampton’s Bella-Kotchap gets maiden call-up

Germany have announced their squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Hungary and England.

Hansi Flick’s side will be taking on Hungary on September 23 and England three days later.

Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap has earned his first-ever call-up to the German national team.

The 20-year-old moved to the Saints from VfL Bochum in the summer and has quickly become a regular for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

The young centre-back has made five Premier League appearances this season. He has a WhoScored rating of 7.01.

He will be hoping to seize the opportunity and earn a place in the World Cup 2022 squad.

West Ham United’s summer signing Thilo Kehrer has also been included alongside Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.

Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan lead the midfield, while the former’s Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka, who recently recovered from knee surgery, has also been included.

Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala are the other Bayern players summoned by Flick.

As far as the attack is concerned, Timo Werner, Marco Reus, Kai Havertz and Lukas Nmecha have made the cut.

Borussia Monchengladbach winger Jonas Hoffman has also been included.

Germany Squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Robin Gosens (Inter Milan), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham United), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich).

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