National team: Hamann on the filling jug World Cup nomination: "I lack the imagination"

Ex-national player Dietmar Hamann considers the discussion about a possible World Cup nomination for Werder Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug to be a completely wrong signal.

National team: Hamann on the filling jug World Cup nomination: "I lack the imagination"

Ex-national player Dietmar Hamann considers the discussion about a possible World Cup nomination for Werder Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug to be a completely wrong signal.

"What does that say about our team when we talk about Füllkrug four weeks before the World Cup. Saying that Füllkrug has to come with us says more about our problems than about the player himself," said Hamann (49) in the TV show "Sky90".

Experts per filling jug

Former world champions Bastian Schweinsteiger (38) and Lothar Matthäus (61) had previously spoken out in favor of filling jugs being nominated for the World Cup. "If he plays like yesterday against Mönchengladbach, scored two goals, provided a dream assist, played well in other respects, powerful up front, strong in the air, aggressive, the team is missing someone like that," said Matthäus at the presentation of the World Cup with a tournament Sponsors in Berlin. And Schweinsteiger said at the event: "I like that he doesn't think much, he's very cheeky. You can use a player like that, especially in a tournament."

"I lack the imagination," said Hamann. It is true that Füllkrug's performances in the 2nd division and now in the Bundesliga are outstanding. "Only we've known for two years that we don't have a striker. Then I invite the filling jug six months ago," said Hamann. Because you first have to find your place in the DFB selection in the midst of 25 top players. "He doesn't know anyone there, a week, then you fly to Qatar and then he doesn't even know where he is," added the Sky expert.

Füllkrug (29) has attracted attention with good performances at newly promoted Bremen this season. In the first eight league games he scored seven goals. As a classic striker, national coach Hansi Flick recently only had Lukas Nmecha in his squad. The Wolfsburg player only made one short appearance against Hungary (0:1), after which he had to leave before the game in England (3:3) due to a knee injury. Flick had recently relied on Timo Werner or Kai Havertz as a central attacker. He did not fundamentally rule out Füllkrug's participation in the World Cup. Füllkrug has never been nominated for the DFB selection.

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