Ten Rothosen on international duty

Defenders David Bates and Léo Lacroix could earn their first senior caps. As well as this, eight other HSV players are on international duty representing their countries at various youth levels.

The number of HSV players called up to their international squads for the upcoming games is impressive. Ten Rothosen have been called up in total: David Bates (Scotland), Léo Lacroix (Switzerland), Rick van Drongelen (The Netherlands U21s), Orel Mangala (Belgium U21s), Vasilije Janjicic (Switzerland U21s), Tatsuya Ito (Japan U21s), Manuel Wintzheimer (Germany U20s), Fiete Arp, Jonas David and Josha Vagnoman (Germany U19s). “It would be a completely different situation if we had fewer players on international duty, just like most other 2. Bundesliga teams. Therefore, it is quite useful that our next game is on a Monday evening because we have a bit of time to get everyone back together and prepare,” explained Wolf.

The ten players will be involved in significant games for themselves personally as well as their nations, but none more than defender David Bates, who has been named in the Scotland senior squad for the first time. The 22-year-old was called up by Scotland manager Alex McLeish for the Nations League games against Albania and Israel. Bates already has four U21 caps to his name. Fellow centre back, Léo Lacroix, was called up to the Switzerland senior squad for the second time but he still awaits his first international cap at senior level. The defender has represented Switzerland at youth level six times. Switzerland have two home games during the break, firstly a friendly against Qatar and then a Nations League game against Belgium. 

Derby game for van Drongelen

While Bates and Lacroix have made the step up to the senior squad, fellow centre back Rick van Drongelen will continue to represent his country at U21 level. Rick van Drongelen and Holland will face European champions Germany on Friday evening in Offenbach. Tatsuya Ito must also only settle for a youth-level call up after previously having been called up to the Japan senior squad. He will compete in the Dubai Cup for Japan U21s against Uzbekistan U23s, Kuwait U23s and UAE U23s. 

Other players to have been called up to their U21 national teams are midfielders Vasilije Janjicic and Orel Mangala. Janjicic will play against France U21s for Switzerland U21s while Mangala and Belgium U21s will face Romania U21s in a friendly. Manuel Wintzheimer will face Italy and world champions England for Germany U20s. Germany U19s trio Fiete Arp, Josha Vagnoman and Jonas David will all take part in a four-way tournament in Jerewan. The other participants in this tournament are Portugal, The Netherlands and hosts Armenia.