- The best of the Bundesliga's renowed production belt will be on show as Germany renew their rivalry with Italy.
- Experimental side to be picked for final international of 2016.
- San Siro meeting a rematch of UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final.
The Bundesliga has long since been a breeding ground for talented young players and Germany coach Joachim Löw is preparing to take an even closer look at some budding Bundesliga prospects as his team face Italy in an international friendly on Tuesday night (kick-off 20:45CET/19:45GMT).
Germany's perfect World Cup qualifying campaign has been put on ice for the winter, but there is one final opportunity for Löw to see some of the talent he has at his disposal at Milan's San Siro. With prestige rather than points at stake, he can afford to experiment too, and he is glad to do just that.
"Ten or 12 years ago, I had a much more limited selection," said the Bundestrainer, paying tribute to the strides being taken by Bundesliga clubs in nurturing and developing a wealth of fresh talent. "In the end, we will see who can make the step up for the 2018 and who might make it later."
One of those players is the name on everybody's lips: SV Werder Bremen's Serge Gnabry. He became the first German debutant since Dieter Müller 40 years ago to net a hat-trick on his first outing with the senior squad. He had to do more than just nip himself to see if it was actually real on Friday night, however.
"When I got the call from the coach, I had to consider for a while whether it was real or not," he told RND radio. "There have been a lot of fake calls on the radio and I didn't want to be the next victim." It was totally true, though, and Gnabry can look forward to picking up his second cap in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, the venue for last season's UEFA Champions League final.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Benjamin Henrichs also debuted on Friday, while the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl, Jonathan Tah and Niklas Süle have all recently taken their bows, and all are still 21 or under.
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"We've got so many lads here who you can see have such great potential," said FC Bayern München's World Cup winner Thomas Müller. "We're delighted with what's coming through. They are fresh players who have incredibly high quality."
One of the Bundesliga's most renowned production lines can be found in Gelsenkirchen, and some of the Knappenschmiede's products are set to feature in Milan. FC Schalke 04's Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer both belong to that club of 21-year-olds who could take to the field on Tuesday night for an opportunity to shine.
A debut could also be on the cards for VfL Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt on a night when the future of German football will be showcased, and what a future it promises to be. "If you look at these young players and how far they are already – how well trained they are – then it's incredible," said the greenhorn in Löw's coaching team, Miroslav Klose.
He returned to his Italian home for the past five years on Monday, as Germany were granted an audience with the Pope in the Vatican City. From there, it was to Milan for the final international appointment of 2016 and an opportunity for some of the Bundesliga's brightest prospects to shine at the San Siro