After a phone call with national coach Hansi Flick, Jonathan Burkardt goes into the next games of the U21 national soccer team with additional self-confidence. At first he didn’t even know who had called him.
Jonathan “Jonny” Burkardt has been in top form for weeks. Thanks to his consistently good performance, the Mainz team are in seventh place in the table. Burkardt is playing in the U21 national team this week, of which he is the captain. In the last few weeks he had also been named as a candidate for the A-team by national coach Hansi Flick, who, however, nominated Lukas Nmecha from VfL Wolfsburg for the first time. Burkardt is currently still left out at Flick.
Flick has Burkardt on his screen
Before the nomination, the coach of the DFB team told him “that I am on the screen. That is a great form of appreciation for me,” said the U21 captain in an interview with the sports information service. “It was nice to get a call.” Due to Burkardt’s important role in the U21 with a view to the games in the European Championship qualification against Poland and San Marino, Flick decided not to nominate the FSV Mainz 05 attacker. “Of course, Jonathan Burkardt was also an issue because he was in Mainz well developed. But he is captain of the U21 and very important for the team on the way to the European Championship “, Flick told the SID.
The national trainer kept the plumbing fitter
According to Burkardt, the establishment of contact was strange. “I had two missed calls from an unknown number. Since I had water damage in my home, I thought it was the plumbing service,” said Burkardt. Nobody answered when I called back, “I got another call, then I had no idea that Hansi Flick was calling me”.