The Confederations Cup might not seem like a big deal, but when we’re deep in the pit of a football-less summer we’ll all be crying out for it.
Germany, Cameroon, Australia, Portugal, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile and host nation Russia will all be competing to succeed Brazil as Confederations Cup holders.
Germany manager Joachim Low named his squad for the tournament today, boasting a mixture of experienced internationals and youngsters handed a chance to impress out in Russia.
Three Premier League players- Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, Liverpool’s Emre Can and Man City’s Leroy Sane- will travel with the squad ahead of the first game, against Australia, on 19 June.
Two of Low’s goalkeepers, Bernd Leno and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, have been capped while PSG’s Kevin Trapp has only played for the Under-21s.
All three will be hoping to make up for the absence of Manuel Neuer, with the Bayern Munich keeper rested.
Defenders Mustafi and Matthias Ginter were part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad in 2014.
They’ll join fellow defenders Jonas Hector, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Henrichs, Niklas Sule and Marvin Plattenhardt, with the likes of Jerome Boateng left at home.
Can, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy, Kerem Demirabay and Diego Demme are the out and out midfielders in the squad, with the latter looking to win his first cap having impressed with RB Leipzig this season.
That leaves Julian Draxler, Sane, Lars Stindl, Sandro Wagner, Timo Werner and Ajax debutant Amin Younes competing for attacking places.
While it might not be a particularly experienced Germany squad we know better than to write them off when it comes to tournaments.
The Germans are in Group B, alongside Cameroon, Chile and Australia.
The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil was won by the home nation, who beat Spain 3-0 in the final, thanks in part to a double from Fred.
Of course a year later they were on the receiving end of a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany which sent Brazilian football into a state of shock.
Fast forward to 2018 and England will be 7-1 up against Germany in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, thanks to a Jamie Vardy double hat-trick.
We can only dream.