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How Germany could line up against Northern Ireland

By Rune Gjerulff

We take a look at Germany's predicted line-up to face Northern Ireland.

Marcel Halstenberg (right) is a candidate to start at left-back.
Marcel Halstenberg (right) is a candidate to start at left-back.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Germany coach Joachim Löw will make changes for tonight's game against Northern Ireland in Belfast as 'Die Mannschaft' look to bounce back from Friday's disappointing 2-4 defeat against the Netherlands.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday evening, Germany coach Joachim Löw revealed that Germany will not be playing with three centre-backs like they did against the Netherlands.

"The opponent will certainly not bring the level of offensive power to the pitch that the Netherlands did. Northern Ireland play with a central striker. That means we only need two centre-backs instead of three," Löw told reporters.

With Nico Schulz ruled out with an injury, it's still open if Marcel Halstenberg or Jonas Hector will start on the left side of defence.

"Marcel Halstenberg has played a very good season. Jonas Hector knows our team. Both made a very good impression last week," Löw explained.

Löw was planning to hand Ilkay Gündogan a start, but since the 28-year-old will not be available due to a cold, Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz looks likely to start instead, although he's a slightly different type of player.

"It was planned that Ilkay would play. Of course, Kai is a candidate for the starting eleven," Löw said.

Here's how Germany's line-up could look:

Manuel Neuer

Lukas Klostermann
Matthias Ginter
Niklas Süle
Marcel Halstenberg

Joshua Kimmich
Toni Kroos
Kai Havertz

Marco Reus
Serge Gnabry
Timo Werner

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