Thomas Müller and Germany can go top of UEFA Nations League Group A3 with a win over Dominik Szoboszlai and Hungary in Munich on Friday (kick-off: 8.45pm CEST).
Germany are unbeaten in the current Nations League campaign, recording a record-breaking win over Italy and drawing their other three. If they beat Hungary and England in their final group game three days later, Hansi Flick’s side are guaranteed to top the section and reach the four-nation finals. Müller’s featured in all five fixtures so far, and is one of seven Bayern Munich players in the 24-man squad. The youngest of the bunch at 18, Jamal Musiala is in contention to start after top scoring for Bayern so far this season with four Bundesliga goals, though Leroy Sane is also bang in form and may get the nod. Leon Goretzka has made a timely return to full match fitness, and should partner clubmate Joshua Kimmich in midfield, but Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has withdrawn after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the Revierderby. One of 17 Bundesliga-based players in the squad, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann – who hit a brace against RB Leipzig at the weekend – has scored or assisted in Germany’s last three Nations League outings. Leipzig striker Timo Werner is the top scorer of the Flick era, meanwhile, with eight goals.
Werner scored two of five Germany goals against Italy last time out, but it was a Hofmann strike that denied Hungary all three points when the nations met in Budapest on Matchday 3. Although the Magyars lost their next game to Italy, wins over England put them top of Group A3, a point ahead of Germany. Szoboszlai is one of three Leipzig players in the side. The 21-year-old playmaker – who’s started all three of Leipzig’s games since Marco Rose’s appointment as head coach – is joined by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and defender Willi Orban, but Freiburg winger Roland Sallai misses out with a fractured eye socket. Midfielder Andras Schäfer is expected to be involved, though, after playing his part for surprise Bundesliga table-toppers Union Berlin in recent weeks. He was among the goals as Hungary and Germany played out a 2-2 draw in the group stages of last summer’s rescheduled UEFA 2020 Euros. The Magyars have recorded a handful of friendly wins over the four-time world champions down the years, but only one in competitive fare – at the 1954 FIFA World Cup.
Watch: Jonas Hofmann starred against Leipzig’s Hungarian contingent on Matchday 7
- Germany are unbeaten in 13 matches under Flick, winning nine.
- Müller has scored 44 goals in 116 senior internationals to date.
- Musiala has won 15 caps since debuting under Joachim Löw in March 2021, registering a goal and assist.
- After Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug (five goals), Musiala is the highest-scoring German national in this season’s Bundesliga.
- Manuel Neuer and Gulacsi were among five goalkeepers on a joint-league-high 10 clean sheets in last term’s Bundesliga. They’re on two and one respectively after seven matches in 2022/23.
- Szoboszlai has 11 goals and 14 assists in 54 games for Leipzig. He’s scored six, but is yet to set up a teammate in his 24 senior Hungary outings to date.
Germany: Neuer (c) – Kehrer, Süle, Rüdiger, Raum – Kimmich, Goretzka – Hofmann, Müller, Sane – Werner
Out: Reus (ankle)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Hungary: Gulacsi – Lang, Orban, At. Szalai – Fiola, Schäfer, Styles, Nagy – Adam, Szoboszlai – Ad. Szalai (c)
Out: Sallai (eye)
Coach: Marco Rossi
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