With the March international break in full swing, bundesliga.com imagines which Bundesliga stars of today will be the Nationalmannschaft mainstays of tomorrow.

Germany are the reigning world champions and have a good chance of seeing the bulk of that squad mount a stiff title defence come Russia 2018.

Before the football world reunites in Qatar four years later, a flood of new faces will undoubtedly have swept into the Nationalmannschaft.

With the rich well of talent Germany has tapped showing no sign of drying up, bundesliga.com has looked at the youngsters currently taking the top flight by storm on whose shoulders the hopes of a nation could rest in 2022.

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Goalkeeper: Timo Horn (Cologne)

As Cologne a thoroughbred as Hennes VIII himself, Horn's break came out of his hometown club's heartache. Relegation from the Bundesliga in 2012 saw the then 20-year-old made first-choice goalkeeper. Promotion and 77 Bundesliga appearances later, Horn's assured displays en route to a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics mean he is only just off Joachim Löw's radar.

Shot-stopper Timo Horn is a product of the Cologne youth system.

Right-back: Mitchell Weiser (Hertha Berlin)

With the genes of his father Patrick, a former pro with Cologne and Wolfsburg among others, Weiser had a headstart. Still, the know-how gleaned from nearly three years at Bayern Munich, including two under Pep Guardiola, and 16 top-flight appearances with the record Bundesliga champions is now serving him well as he allies that experience with time on the pitch in the capital.

Centre-back: Niklas Süle (Hoffenheim/Bayern)

If Bayern sign a centre-back, it is not for his ability to find Row Z. Süle will head south to Bavaria in the summer to start a five-year deal during which he will surely establish himself a first-choice for club and country. Part of the Olympic silver medal-winning squad in Rio, he — like Jonathan Tah — has already featured at senior level.

Centre-back: Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

With African origins, a Hamburg past and an imposing build, drawing parallels between Tah and Jerome Boateng is inevitable. The two centre-backs share another trait: toxic to opposing forwards. Though Tah may still need to hone his distribution skills, his none-shall-pass ethos is already rock-solid.

Left-back: Benjamin Henrichs (Leverkusen)

The 2016 Fritz Walter Under-19 gold medal winner, like Die Werkself team-mate Tah the year before, Henrichs' versatility to be able to play in either full-back position recalls that of Philipp Lahm. And like the Bayern legend, his talented feet remain on the ground as his career takes off. "My friends see it, and it's a bit strange for them as I'm still the same Benny I was a year ago," Henrichs said.

Benjamin Henrichs has scarcely missed a kick for Leverkusen in 2016/17.

Defensive midfielder: Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)

"Julian Weigl is going to be a world-class player". Not our words, but those of Toni Kroos, who should know a quality midfielder when he sees one. Seemingly impervious to pressure and a mature, calming influence that belies his tender years, his potential partnership with Kimmich sets the mouth watering.

Defensive midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern)

The 2016/17 campaign may not be as happy for the Bayern man as his breakthrough season last year, but the qualities that once wowed Guardiola remain intact. His ability to feature across the back four or midfield without his performance dropping off is a rare, highly-prized commodity. Joachim Löw clearly thinks so — he took him to UEFA EURO 2016.

Watch: Joshua Kimmich's star turn against Hamburg on Matchday 5:

Attacking midfielder: Julian Brandt (Leverkusen)

The baby-faced features allied with fiendish footballing ability provoke echoes of Mario Götze, and Brandt has proven almost as precocious as the Dortmund man. Part of Löw's extended squad ahead of UEFA EURO 2016, Brandt did not make the final cut — come 2018, it is not likely to happen again, and the thought of how good he will be in Qatar is spine-tingling.

Attacking midfielder: Leon Goretzka (Schalke)

Bochum legend and Goretzka's former youth coach, Dariusz Wosz, called the foraging midfielder "an exceptional player, such as I have not seen in a long time." Schalke fans have seen what Wosz did since Goretzka moved to Gelsenkirchen in 2013. That he was given the captain's armband at the Rio Olympics says as much about his leadership qualities as his talent.

Attacking midfielder: Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen)

A talented hurdler, athletics' loss was football's gain when Gnabry opted for studs rather than spikes. Though in five years with Arsenal in England he barely featured in the first team, the forward-thinking midfielder's development under the esteemed eye of Arsene Wenger has enabled him to hit the ground sprinting in Bremen.

Watch: Serge Gnabry is thriving in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen

Forward: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Leipzig has proven the perfect place for Werner to flourish, embellishing the good first impression he had made when he emerged at Stuttgart. His keen eye for goal has earned him immediate recognition from Löw, who believes the striker's maiden call-up will be the first of many. "He goes deep, runs a lot, is quick and is good at finishing," the 2014 World Cup-winning coach said. "If he continues like that, I think he'll have a good career in the Nationalmannschaft."

Watch: Timo Werner at his goal-getting best

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