Who’s In? Every Bayern Munich Player Included in Their Country’s 23-Man World Cup Squad

The 2018 World Cup is tantalisingly close and after another dominant domestic season, Bayern Munich fans will be looking to forward to watching 11 of their finest talents strut their stuff in Russia. 

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of German representatives on show but there are also four other nations who will have a Bayern player in their ranks.

Here’s a look at who will be representing the German giants this summer…

1. Manuel Neuer

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2009

It was always going to be a race against time to be fit for Russia for Neuer who, before Germany’s recent friendly against Austria, had not played a competitive match since September due to injury. His match of match practice has not put off Joachim Lowe however, and the Bayern number one will remain Germany’s number one this summer.

2. Mats Hummels

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2010

Mats Hummels has enjoyed yet another positive season with Bayern, proving his status as one of the best defenders in Europe. He will be expected to be a crucial part of the Germany defence, just as he has been for both the previous World Cup and the European championships two years ago.

3. Jerome Boateng

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2009

Boateng will be playing at his third consecutive World Cup this summer and will be expected to form a rock solid partnership with his club teammate Hummels. The pair have proved that they are hard to get past at both club and international level and their cooperation could be key to Germany retaining their World Cup title.

4. Niklas Sule

Country: Germany

Year of Debut: 2016

After making the switch from Hoffenheim last summer, Sule has more than proven his worth for Bayern, stepping in to make a big difference whenever Hummels or Boateng were absent. The 22-year-old is unlikely to be in Germany’s starting XI but he may play a part in the tournament as fatigue begins to take its toll on the side.

5. Joshua Kimmich

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2016

After making the transition from defensive midfield to right-back Kimmich has made the position his own. The 23-year-old is now one the best full-backs in European football and will almost certainly start in Russia, despite his relative lack of international experience compared to his defensive teammates.

6. Sebastian Rudy

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2014

Rudy joined Sule by making the switch over from Hoffenheim last summer and has mostly had a positive impact on the side since his arrival. The 28-year-old hasn’t been an automatic starter for Bayern and he is unlikely to start for Germany either, but his steady passing and sound linkup play mean that he is a perfect squad player for Die Mannschaft.

7. Thiago Alcantara

Country: Spain

Year of debut: 2011

Since making the switch from Barcelona, Thiago has more than found his feet at Bayern and has developed into an incredibly well-rounded midfielder who excels at virtually everything. He suffered an injury ridden season but when he did feature he continued to demonstrate his abilities which has earned him a spot in the Spain squad – no mean feat considering their midfield options.

8. Corentin Tolisso

Country: France

Year of debut: 2017

Corentin Tolisso is slowly developing into one of Europe’s brightest talents after proving himself at Bayern this season. The 23-year-old scored 10 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions and that has earned him a coveted spot in the French squad ahead of the likes of Adrien Rabiot.

9. James Rodriguez

Country: Colombia

Year of debut: 2011

After winning the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez failed to live up to expectations at Real Madrid and was shipped out on a two year deal to Bayern. He has since regained some of that form that saw him light up Brazil four years ago and he will be the leading man for Colombia again in Russia.

10. Thomas Muller

Country: Germany

Year of debut: 2010

The second previous golden ball winner in the Bayern squad, Thomas Muller will be hoping to shine once again for Germany. This season has been another good one for the 28-year-old, scoring 15 times in all competitions. Germany are thin on the ground when it comes to striking options, so Muller may be forced to play in a more advanced role than he would for Bayern.

11. Robert Lewandowski

 Country: Poland

Year of debut: 2008

Robert Lewandowski is not only Bayern’s main man but he is also the star of his national side Poland. This will be the 29-year-old striker’s first World Cup and Poland’s first since 2006 but there is a lot expectation for Lewandowski to guide his side to at least the knockout stages where there is every chance they could face up to England.

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