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Barcelona star’s national team captaincy questioned by former Liverpool midfielder



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The German national team is going through a tough period, which is why Julian Nagelsmann has been brought in to ride the form and guide the team in the right direction.

One of Nagelsmann’s first actions since being appointed as the German NT coach is to hand the captaincy to Ilkay Gundogan.

The Barcelona midfielder will lead Die Mannschaft from now on, as they look to gain a solid rhythm and gear up for the upcoming European Championship.

Dieter Hamann criticises Nagelsmann’s decision

However, not everyone is happy with the idea of Ilkay Gundogan captaining the German national team.

Dietmar Hamann, a former Liverpool and Germany footballer who is now a host at Sky Sports, has lambasted Nagelsmann for his decision to appoint Gundogan as the captain.

Hamann argues that because of Gundogan’s captaincy, the former Borussia Dortmund starlet will become a permanent member of the starting eleven, which could potentially block several young players from gaining a place in the team.

Hamann not happy with Germany’s captaincy choice (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

 “It is a mistake for Nagelsmann to name Gündogan the captain,” Hamann said (h/t Diario AS).

“If you name him captain, you lose options. He needs to play further forward, but we have Musiala and Wirtz there. They both have to play.”

“Sané and Gnabry also have to play with their speed and class. Now it may happen that some of them have to go to the bench,” he added.

Since joining Barcelona in the summer, Ilkay Gundogan has shown excellent leadership and character. He has become a prominent member of Xavi’s midfield setup this season.

Gundogan notably raised eyebrows with his brutally honest remarks after the defeat to Real Madrid and was recently ranked 14th in the Ballon d’Or list.

Hamann, though, does not buy into Gundogan’s hype and believes he may not succeed with the German national team.

“Gündogan played excellently for City, a team that has 80% of the ball. There he was able to exploit his qualities, but Germany has a different style of play. We are not so dominant. If we add everything up, perhaps only ten of his seventy international matches have been good,” he said.

Nagelsmann, though, is known to be a shrewd tactician and is unlikely to be bothered by Hamann’s comments. In fact, Gundogan is likely to be at the centre of things as Germany gear up for Turkey and Austria, in the upcoming international break.

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