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Lothar Matthäus: Kai Havertz has to start against Northern Ireland

By Rune Gjerulff

Lothar Matthäus believes Kai Havertz deserves to be in the starting eleven when Germany face Northern Ireland tonight.

Kai Havertz.
Kai Havertz.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Lothar Matthäus has urged Germany coach Joachim Löw to let Kai Havertz start against Northern Ireland tonight.

Löw has said he plans to his formation from a 5-2-3 to play with four at the back. But Havertz should be starting even if that wasn't the case, according to the former German international.

"No matter if Joachim Löw changes the formation against Northern Ireland or not, he has got to let Kai Havertz play, because he's in top form," Matthäus told Bild and added:

"If the system remains the same as against the Netherlands, I would let Havertz start instead of [Marco] Reus, because Havertz is in better form.

"If the system is changed so Germany play with four at the back, there will be one more offensive player on the pitch. In that case, there would be room for both of them. But one thing is clear: Havertz must play!"

Havertz made his fourth international appearance when he came on during the second half in Germany's 2-4 loss against the Netherlands on Friday.

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