After struggling with a series of calf injuries that hindered his fitness and form, Liverpool fans will have been hoping to see Emre Can get the summer off. Instead, he has been called up to Joachim Löw’s Germany side ahead of this summer’s Confederations Cup.
Can will still be scheduled for a break, though if Germany go deep in the tournament next month it will be a truncated one that cuts into Liverpool’s pre-season and in any case could mean more football for a player who probably could have used a bit of a break right now.
Still, on the positive side it shows that despite those struggles with fitness and form at times this year, Can’s stock remains high. Recent reported Liverpool transfer target Julian Brandt has also been named to a Germany squad that focuses on involving younger players.
While in the past Can has often been a fringe player when called up by Germany, Löw’s youthful squad for the Confederations Cup could see him playing a larger role. Whether that’s a good thing for his development or bad because of his need for rest is a question.
“We have a lot of young players with huge potential and the squad has been chosen following extensive talks,” was the German manager’s comment on his squad selection. “Our main goal is to bring all the individual players up to a world class level.”
This summer’s tournament will be held in Russia starting on the 17th of June with the final set for July 2nd. Along with the Germans, Russia, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Cameroon, New Zealand, and Australia will be taking part in the competition.