Stuttgart U21 captain Jonathan Burkardt hadn’t expected this call. “I had two missed calls from an unknown number, and since I just had water damage at my home, I thought it was the sanitation service,” said the U21 international.
“I called back, but nobody answered. Then came another call back, I answered it, but had no idea that Hansi Flick was calling me – and that’s how the conversation started. “
In the squad of national coach Flick, Burkardt, who has already scored five league goals and who has already scored five league goals, is not this time. The 21-year-old should lead the German U21s to further success in the European Championship qualification.
Poland is the opponent on Friday (6.15 p.m. / ProSieben MAXX) in Großaspach, followed by San Marino on November 16 (6.15 p.m. / ProSieben MAXX) in Ingolstadt. Burkardt said he had discussed with Flick that he would be better placed with the U21 during this international break. But Flick told him, “I’m on the screen. That is a great form of appreciation for me. “
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