13 Knappen called up for international duty

In the first international break of the calendar year, 13 members of Schalke’s squad will be representing their respective national sides in the coming days. A particular focus will be on those participating in the World Cup as they gear up for this summer’s competition in Russia.

Breel Embolo im Trikot der Schweiz

Two tough tests await Leon Goretzka as the 23-year-old and the Germany national team face Spain on Friday night in Düsseldorf. They are the last two sides to hold the World Cup title. Then, next Tuesday, Germany face Brazil in Berlin.

Amine Harit meets Matija Nastasic

On Friday night, a battle of two Schalke first teamers will take place in Turin. Amine Harit and Morocco play Matija Nastasic’s Serbia. Both Royal Blues could be in action in this summer’s World Cup. Morocco then play Uzbekistan next Tuesday, while Serbia face Nigeria in London.

Breel Embolo is also hoping to head to the World Cup this summer. The Switzerland international may be in action on Friday as they take on Greece in Athens before heading home to Luzern where they take on Panama. Marko Pjaca could also feature as he and Croatia make the journey to Miami on Saturday to take on Peru and then moving on to Dallas where Pjaca and co will come up against Mexico.

Nabil Bentaleb, Guido Burgstaller, Alessandro Schöpf, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Weston McKennie are also in action but their respective nations are not heading to Russia this summer.

Kehrer doubtful for U21s

Three of the Knappen have also been called up for Germany U21s duty – Thilo Kehrer, Cedric Teuchert and Alexander Nübel. Stefan Kuntz’s side have a European championships qualifier against Israel on Thursday, before heading to Kosovo five days later to play their U21 contingent in Mitrovica. Whether Kehrer will be able to play in both fixtures is unclear as the defender is recovering from an eye injury. The decision will be made on Wednesday.

All the games at a glance


Nabil Bentaleb
Algeria – Tanzania, 22/3, 19:15 CET, Algiers
Iran – Algeria, 27/3, 18:00, Graz

Guido Burgstaller and Alessandro Schöpf
Austria – Slovenia, 23/3, 20:45, Klagenfurt
Luxembourg – Austria, 27/3, 20:30, Luxembourg

Breel Embolo
Greece – Switzerland, 23/3, 20:00, Athens
Switzerland – Panama, 27/3, 19:00, Luzern

Leon Goretzka
Germany – Spain, 23/3, 20:45, Düsseldorf
Germany – Brazil, 27/3, 20:45, Berlin

Amine Harit
Morocco – Serbia, 23/3, 20:30, Turin
Morocco – Uzbekistan, 27/3, 21:00, Casablanca

Yevhen Konoplyanka
Saudi Arabia – Ukraine, 23/3, 19:30, Marbella
Ukraine – Japan, 27/3, 14:20, Liège

Weston McKennie
USA – Paraguay, 28/3, 01:30, Cary

Matija Nastasic
Morocco – Serbia, 23/3, 20:30, Turin
Serbia – Nigeria, 27/3, 21:00, London

Marko Pjaca
Peru – Croatia, 24/3, 01:00, Miami
Mexico – Croatia, 28/3, 04:00, Dallas

U21 European Championships Qualifiers
Thilo Kehrer, Alexander Nübel and Cedric Teuchert
Germany – Israel, 22/3, 19:00, Braunschweig
Kosovo – Germany, 27/3, 19:00, Mitrovica

All kick-off times given are CET.