International adventure continues for TSG players

After a successful Friday for Hoffenheim's international representatives – eight of the club's professionals enjoyed a win, two played out draws and only two left the field defeated– the second set of international games lies ahead. Kevin Volland will captain Germany's U21 side for the second time in a row on Monday evening. Koen Casteels returned to the Kraichgau as Belgium had no more upcoming fixtures.

Four further World Cup qualifiers have grabbed the attention of Hoffenheim fans: On Tuesday evening, Tarik Elyounoussi travels with Norway to Switzerland. In Group E, it's the battle of the top two teams even though the Scandinavians are currently four points behind. “It's an important game and the finishing spots in our group are still up for grabs. If we can manage another win, we will have one foot in Brazil,” said the TSG attacker to In the 2-0 win against Cyprus on Friday, he scored the first goal. Sejad Salihovic will play against Slovakia for the second time in five days. After the 1-0 defeat at home on Friday, the game on Tuesday will be played in Zilina.

Poland and Eugen Polanski will face San Marino in Serravalle. A win would reduce the advantage of England and Montenegro (group leaders with 15 points), as well as Ukraine (14). Poland currently have 10 points and are in fourth in Group H. Fabian Johnson is a member of the USA team who face Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday night. As the second-placed side in the group, the goal is to increase the gap on the fourth-placed team (currently Mexico). The top three teams automatically qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil.

Praise for captain Volland

After the 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands on Friday, the Germany U21 team face Ireland. In Sligo, the quest to qualify for the 2015 U21 European Championship continues. On the appointment of his captain, manager Hrubesch explained: “Kevin Volland is one of the cornerstones of this team. He has a huge presence on the pitch and also has leadership qualities that the team are responding to well.”

On Tuesday, Denmark U21s and Jannik Vestergaard are also in action. In Ajdovscina, the hosts are Slovenia. Patrick Schorr and Jeremy Toljan are due to represent Germany U20s in Wohlen, Switzerland, while Vincenzo Grifo has also been selected for Italy U20s. Kevin Akpoguma and Niklas Süle are with the Germany U18 team for a friendly against Greece in Münster.

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