Boateng returns to full training
In the photo shoot before the training session, Jérôme Boateng was one of the first players to be at the obligatory team photo taken after the announcement of the final Germany squad for the World Cup. You could see in the 29-year-old how keen he was for the first training session with the rest of the squad after he had only been able to work in one-on-one sessions at the Germany training camp in Eppan due to a thigh injury at the start. The World Cup winner of 2014 certainly put a shift in on Tuesday morning with his fellow international team-mates under the South Tyrol sun: Boateng is ready for the World Cup in Russia. "He's completely recovered from the injury," reported Jogi Löw on Monday.
Rudy: "120 per cent in every training session"
The Germany coach now has his 23-man squad for the World Cup together for the first time and he can focus on fine tuning for mission title defence in the remaining sessions at the training camp in Eppan. "You have to give 120 per cent in every training session, never relax but just get stuck in," said Bayern pro Sebastian Rudy in an interview on dfb.de on the day to day work in South Tyrol and he sees his great commitment in the Germany camp as one reason for his selection for the squad.
The 28-year-old knows all about the tough competition for the cherished places in the Germany midfield that is sure to grow before the World Cup opener against Mexico on 17 June. However, Rudy knows all that from FC Bayern. "One is just as good as the other as everything is is at the top level," explained the Confed Cup winner of 2017. One trump card for the 25-time Germany international could be that he does not have one set position. "I feel most at home in defensive midfield. But it's always good as a player if you're versatile."