With the World Cup in Russia just three weeks away, head coach Joachim Löw is staying optimistic. But he knows that the world champions still have a lot of hard work ahead of them as they try to defend their title.
Joachim Löw promised "clear changes" after the World Cup. New faces have been integrated into an evolving Germany side, but who else deserves a shot? DW looks at five in-form players knocking on Die Mannschaft’s door…
Germany were convincing winners against Russia, winning 3-0 in Leipzig. Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry all impressed as Joachim Löw's trust in his rising stars paid off, writes DW's Michael Da Silva.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be absent for Germany's upcoming clashes with Russia and the Netherlands. Both Löw and Boateng cited the experienced defender's fitness levels as the reason for the omission.
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