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Germany’s starting XI vs. Scotland revealed: Is this the way?

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According to a report from Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), former Bayern Munich coach and current German national team boss Julian Nagelsmann has settled on his starting XI to face off against Scotland in the EURO 2024 tournament opener:

The starting XI for Friday’s game against Scotland has already been decided with: Neuer, Kimmich, Tah, Rüdiger, Mittelstädt, Kroos, Andrich, Musiala, Gündogan, Wirtz and Havertz. Meanwhile, Füllkrug, Sané and Groß are the three players which Nagelsmann considers to be part of the ‘extended starting eleven’ and thus have the highest chance of playing time.

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As expected, Nagelsmann’s lineup will be what many thought he would do. While Pascal Groß made a very strong run to take a spot next to Toni Kroos in the central midfield, Robert Andrich will get the nod.

The big omission from the XI that Bayern Munich fans will notice is Leroy Sané. With İlkay Gündoğan having a stronghold on the No. 10 position, Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz will continue play in wider roles, which sends Sané to the bench.

Can this XI get the job done? We will soon find out.


Looking for some thoughts and analysis on Bayern Munich’s pursuit of João Palhinha, how he might fit in the squad, and what the roster fallout might look like? Then check out our latest Bavarian Podcast Works Show, where we also hit on why Sky Sport’s report on six big player sales might not be so far offbase and why the German national team did not give fans a ton of confidence after the friendlies against Ukraine and Greece. You can get the podcast on Spotify or below:

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