Saturday, November 27, 2021

Future of the national team After vaccination debate: Matthew with advice for Flick

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National coach Hansi Flick recently spoke out in favor of his players getting vaccinated. He left it open whether he will also nominate unvaccinated professionals in the future. Lothar Matthäus has a recommendation.

In the opinion of football legend Lothar Matthäus, performance on the field should be more important than their vaccination status when selecting the DFB national players. “Hansi Flick should choose the players according to whether he needs them for the greatest possible sporting success, nominate them according to their level of performance – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not,” said the German record national player of “Bild am Sonntag”.

However, the 150-time selection player also emphasized: “If Hansi Flick ever made the decision to only invite vaccinated players, everyone would have to accept that. Then unvaccinated players would no longer be able to play for the national team for the time being.”

But he hopes “that there are no longer such issues that we have to send five players home because of Corona,” said the 60-year-old. The problem “will occupy us even longer how we protect ourselves”.

National coach Flick recently stated that he only wanted to deal with the question of whether he would consider the vaccination status of his national players as a prerequisite for a nomination in the future after the last two international matches of this year. After a positive corona test with the fully vaccinated Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and Karim Adeyemi also had to quarantine and leave before the game against Liechtenstein (9-0).

Bayern professional Kimmich had recently confirmed himself not to be vaccinated. Flick, on the other hand, had emphasized that his opinion was “very clear” that he would like the players to be vaccinated.

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