Almost all 27 players in head coach Joachim Löw's provisional squad will have arrived in Eppan, northern Italy, by the weekend. But fans hoping to meet their favorite players are in for a bit of a let-down.
World Cup semifinalists Belgium and England meet in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg on Saturday. With strikers Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane going head to head, it could determine the winner of the Golden Boot.
Gareth Southgate's young, experimental England side are through to the last-four in Russia. While reduced expectations and a clear tactical plan have worked wonders, much is owed to to their strength from set plays.
Its World Cup exit is part of an increasingly familiar picture. The ex-football and export champion now seems passive and indecisive, while others dominate the game. It is partly a leadership issue, says Joscha Weber.
Members of the German national team have gathered in Italy for their training camp to prepare for the World Cup. Coach Joachim Löw, who has invited 27 players to camp, must cut four of them before the tournament.
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