Typically, things are going pretty well for Germany.
They’re currently top of their World Cup qualifying group following their 6-0 drubbing of Norway last night, and they’re undoubtedly one of the favourites to win next summer’s tournament.
While Die Mannschaft can no longer call upon the likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski to their side, they are well stocked with a host of new stars including Julian Draxler, Timo Werner and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.
In fact, having cemented his place in Bayern’s first-team last season, Kimmich is widely regarded as one of the first name’s on Germany’s teamsheet these days.
And having played the full 90 minutes in Monday’s clash against Norway, the 22-year-old has equalled the great Franz Beckenbauer’s record for 21 consecutive full matches played for Germany, with only Berti Vogts boasting a longer run with 34.
Kimmich, playing at right-back following Lahm’s retirement, was instrumental in the side’s win, playing his part in Germany’s fourth goal and assisting their sixth as they ran riot.
The youngster’s run of game’s for his country stretches back to their successful Confederations Cup campaign over the summer, having made his debut last year.
A future Germany captain? Don’t rule it out.
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