Erfurt (AP) – In German women's soccer, the casting for participation in the World Cup in June 2019 runs in France.
The national coach Horst Hrubesch used the failure of injured goalkeeper Almuth Schult to name four goalkeepers for the last two international matches of the year against Italy (5: 2) and today against Spain (4:00 p.m.). Lisa Schmitz (1st FFC Turbine Potsdam), Merle Frohms (SC Freiburg), Carina Schlüter (SC Sand) and Ann-Katrin Berger (Birmingham City). Against Italy, only there were only Frohms between the positions. Who runs from Spain, left Hrubesch open. All goal seekers have only marginal international experience.
LISA Schmitz: Schmitz, 26, impressed in his 45-minute debut in Canada in June (3-2) and also played in October against Austria (3-1). "Now I have licked the blood," he said. In May, the native of Cologne was appointed for the first time, he sat down at the bank and began to dream of the World Cup. "My goal is to be in the World Cup, let's see how the new coach sees it and will accelerate," said the most experienced of the four candidates. So far it has been through all DFB youth teams.
MERLE FROHMS: She has been in the squad since September and only thinks of the game at stake. She also gained a lot of experience in DFB youth teams. "But if it were for me, it would always play, but that is what the coach has to decide, I really want to recommend for the World Cup," he said after the Italian match, his first international encounter from the beginning. Hrubesch already praised after his debut: "She has a good footing, plays with, is not afraid and a lot of self-confidence." This is a strong goalkeeper.
CARINA SCHLÜTER: Up to now 22 years old, Carina Schlüter was allowed a half-day goal in the convincing victory against Canada (3: 2). He has been regular in SC Sand since 2016. "She has developed well in recent years and is one of the best goalkeepers in Germany, she is very hardworking and ambitious and wants to improve steadily," club director Sascha Glass described the talent.
ANN-KATHRIN BERGER: He was 28 years old, but still without international duty is Ann-Kathrin Berger of Birmingham City, the third current at the England table. He grew up in Göppingen, played for three years at the Potsdam turbine, and then fought for Paris two years at Paris Saint-Germain for a regular place. A year ago, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which she defeated.