World Cup out for Caroline Simon: In the international match against Zambia on Friday evening (2: 3) Germany champion Bayern Munich tore a cruciate ligament in the left back ligament, so will miss the finals in Australia and New Zealand (from July 20 to August 20).. This was announced by the German Football Association (DFB) on Saturday.
“Caroline Simon’s news hits us all. She made a great development, played well and more than earned her place at the World Cup. We now have to accept the situation,” said national coach Martina Voss-Decklenburg. . Apart from Simon, Voss-Decklenburg also omitted Sarai Linder, vice-European champion Tapia Zellner and Ena Mahmudovic from their World Cup squad. Paulina Krumbiegel was out injured earlier.
Voss-Decklenburg nominated three goalkeepers and 20 outfield players. Janina Minge will play as a substitute for the World Cup, where the first game is against Morocco on July 24. “We decided on this team knowing that we have high performance in our team. We will devote our time here in Australia as much as we can to our upcoming work,” Voss-Decklenburg said. VfL Wolfsburg have a strong squad with ten players.
Germany will open their campaign against Morocco in Melbourne on July 24 (10.30am CEST/ZDF). Other opponents in Group H await DFB in Sydney on Sunday, July 30 (11:30 am CEST/ARD) and South Korea on August 3 (12:00 pm CEST/ZDF).
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