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- Bastian Schweinsteiger, who confirmed his retirement today.
The 35-year-old announced his decision two days after the end of the Major League Soccer season. His club, Chicago Fire, finished 17th.
“The time has now come,” he said. “To the fans, you made this unbelievable time possible for me.”
The Barcelona forward, 32, was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for Brazil”.
Angel di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are also not part of the squad.
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo makes a rare start and he is joined in Argentina’s back-line by fellow Premier League pair Juan Foyth and Nicolas Otamendi.
Argentina XI:Marchesin, Foyth, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Paredes, Pereyra, De Paul, Correa, Dybala, Martinez.
Jonathan Tah and Ilkay Gundogan were definitely out forGermanywhile Marco Reus was doubtful. Coach Joachim Low was without almost a dozen players in total, including Toni Kroos, Leroy Sane, Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner Leon Goretzka and Matthias Ginter through injury.
Yet Manchester City winger Sane has still been at the team hotel this week to say hello to his team-mates.
Hertha Berlin centre-halfNiklas Starkwas hoping to make his Germany debut but the 24-year-old has stayed at the team hotel as he’s suffering from a gastrointestinal infection.
Germany won that final in 2014 to lift the World Cup for the fourth time. And tonight is the first time since that success which ‘Die Mannschaft’ have not named one of their 2014 World Cup winners in their starting line-up. Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich will be wearing the captain’s armband while former Liverpool midfield Emre Can also plays, as well as Bayern’s four-goal hero at Tottenham last week – Serge Gnabry.
Germany XI:Ter Stegen, Koch, Kimmich, Havertz, Brandt, Klostermann, Sule, Halstenberg, Waldschmidt, Gnabry, Can.
Admittedly, the international powerhouses aren’t fielding too many of their big names tonight.
But who knows, maybe we’ll get a glimpse of the future? Maybe a few of the players in action tonight will become stars of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
We’ll have the line-ups for you shortly.
It’s another international break and two greats of the world game go head-to-head tonight in Dortmund.
In a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, Germany face Argentina, and we’ll be bringing you live text commentary.