July 24, 2021

EM 2021 – Germany England: DFB team will get on their knees before kick-off

Sport Round of 16 against England

The German national team will get on their knees before kick-off at Wembley

National coach Löw gives insights into his round of 16 plans

After three group games in Munich, the Löw team went on a trip abroad for the first time today. In London, the national coach answered questions from the world press before the round of 16 against England.

During the European Championship, many teams kneeled down to promote tolerance and campaigned against racism. The German national team has not yet. That will change in the round of 16 in London. An important star is about to fail.

MOn the afternoon of the day, the German national soccer team landed in London on a charter plane. Joachim Löw’s selection checked into the Hotel Marriott “Regents Park”, in the evening there was the press conference for the national coach and captain Manuel Neuer before the European Championship round of 16 against England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday (6 p.m., ARD, Magenta TV and WELT -Liveticker). Neuer announced that his team will get on their knees before kick-off – together with their opponents. The German team is doing this for the first time.

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“We stand for tolerance, are against any kind of discrimination and show solidarity with England. We’ll do that too, ”said the goalkeeper about the gesture. “That wasn’t a question, we’re going with it.” Neuer has been wearing a rainbow-colored captain’s armband on his arm for weeks during the games.

Manuel Neuer with rainbow band

DFB captain Manuel Neuer

Quelle: AP/Kai Pfaffenbach

English captain Harry Kane will do the same on Tuesday evening. “The associations and organizational teams are always in touch. The English also show solidarity with the armband, which is a strong gesture from Harry Kane, ”said Neuer. Löw said: “It is important to stand up for such values. The team discussed it and told us that they (kneeling, d. Red.) will do. That’s a great sign. “

It is a game “that electrifies everyone”. That it could be his last as a national coach, he only thought about it Monday for two seconds when reporters asked about the topic. “I don’t see the game from this perspective. It’s my passion to play games like this. That’s what you’re a trainer for, ”said Löw.

Question mark behind three players

Whether Ilkay Gündogan, Antonio Rüdiger and Robin Gosens will be operational will not be clear until Tuesday, according to Löw. Gündogan recently suffered from a bruised skull and only partially completed the final training session on Monday afternoon. Rüdiger and Gosens trained, but both suffer from a “small infection” with flu symptoms, as Löw said. You would have felt a bit tired in the morning because of it. The team doctor had taken blood and determined inflammation levels.


Joachim Löw wasted no thought that the round of 16 against England could be his last game as national coach


“Sometimes it improves quickly, sometimes it gets a little worse overnight,” says Löw. In any case, solutions will be available. The positions within the squad are filled at least twice. Löw named the players Marcel Halstenberg and Christian Günter as alternatives for Gosens. “We are all looking forward to this classic football in this historic stadium,” said his captain Neuer. “We are happy that it will continue with a final. We have already started the European Championship with a final against France. ”The game could be a test of patience. “England can counter well, we really have to be careful.”