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Gundogan says ready to fill Schweinsteiger’s Germany role

Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone Ilkay Gundogan says he is ready to fill Bastian Schweinsteiger’s midfield role in world champion Germany’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Germany host the Czech Republic in Hamburg on Saturday and Northern Ireland next Tuesday in Hanover having opened their qualifying campaign last month with a 3-0 win in Norway. With striker Mario Gomez out with a glute injury, the world champions will have to rely on goals from Thomas Mueller, who netted twice against Norway, and Mario Goetze, but there will be a battle for places in the defensive midfield.
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