Pros 28.03.2022 — 19:04 Uhr

Fifth Germany debutant in club history and two Zerofivers bag a brace

Stach makes his Germany debut / Burkardt and Bobzien both score twice

Anton Stach made his first appearance for the Germany men’s national team in a friendly against Israel (photo: IMAGO/Matthias Koch).

Anton Stach became the fifth player in the history of 1. FSV Mainz 05 to play for Germany men’s national team after he was subbed on for Julian Weigl in the 64th minute of their friendly against Israel on Thursday, joining an illustrious list of former Zeroifvers. “I cannot put it into words. I’m extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to make my debut for the men’s national team! One of my dreams came true today – it’s definitely the highlight of my career so far, which has already been rather eventful,” said the 23-year-old on his Instagram page.

Stach joins former Zerofivers Manuel Friedrich, André Schürrle, Lewis Holtby and Nicolai Müller as the fifth player to make their Germany men’s debut whilst representing Mainz at club level, and his next appearance could come as early as Tuesday, when Germany face off against the Netherlands in Amsterdam in another international friendly.

I cannot put it into words

Stach got some last-minute encouragement from national team head coach Hansi Flick before his debut appearance (photo: IMAGO/Matthias Koch)

Burkardt and Bobzien bag braces

Jonathan Burkardt captained the Germany U21s side to a 4-0 victory over Latvia, chipping in with two goals and an assist. The U21s, who currently top their U21 European Championship qualifying group, next face Israel on Tuesday (17:00 CEST).

Niklas Tauer and Paul Nebel, who are both part of the Germany U20 side, both featured in the 1-1 draw against Italy, with Tauer scoring the opener. Their next game comes on Tuesday evening vs. England in Colchester (20:30 CEST).

Ben Bobzien and Germany U19s also picked up draws against Italy and Belgium in their opening European Championship qualifiers. Bobzien scored twice to initially give his side a 2-0 lead. Their final qualifying match of the international break is against Finland on Tuesday (16:30 CEST).

Weiper & Schulz enjoy success with Germany U17s

Right-back Silvan Widmer came off injured in the 36th minute of Switzerland’s 2-1 defeat against England and he’s a doubt to feature in their friendly against Kosovo on Tuesday.

Leandro Barreiro and Luxembourg were defeated by Northern Ireland in a friendly on Friday (3-1). Their next friendly against Bosnia is on Tuesday (20:45 CEST).

Jae-sung Lee and South Korea have already secured their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with their final qualification match coming on Tuesday afternoon against the UAE.

Nelson Weiper and Philipp Schulz secured qualification for May’s U17 European Championships with Germany, doing so with a game to spare. Their final group match is against the Czech Republic on Tuesday (17:30 CEST).