The Netherlands started their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to France in Paris, having warmed up for that game with a 2-1 win over Peru which had stretched an unbeaten streak under Ronald Koeman to four games, including a win over European champions Portugal and draw in Italy. Former Hoffenheim winger Ryan Babel is now one of the elder statesmen in a squad which has been injected with some younger talents from the array of sides that have seen the Netherlands protagonists at U17 and U19 levels over the past decade. Davy Pröpper pulled out of the squad on Sunday due to a foot injury, with no replacement called up.
Uth, 27, is the only new face in a 23-man Germany squad that boasts 14 Bundesliga players, as well as Jonas Hector of Bundesliga 2 side Cologne. Bayer Leverkusen teenager Kai Havertz, who made his senior international debut in the friendly win over Peru in September, was called up, but has - like Borussia Dortmund's in-form Marco Reus and Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka - pulled out with an injury. Although Uth has yet to score for new club Schalke, he found the net 14 times for former club Hoffenheim in 2017/18, a tally bettered only by Nils Petersen (15) and Bayern's Robert Lewandowski (29). Jonathan Tah has become another late addition to the squad after the Leverkusen defender joined the squad from the U21 team on Saturday. After facing the Netherlands, Germany travel to Paris to face France on October 16.
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Netherlands: Cillessen - Dumfries, de Ligt, Van Dijk (c), Blind - de Roon, Wijnaldum, F. de Jong - Bergwijn, Depay, Babel
Substitutes: Zoet, Bizot, Hateboer, de Vrij, Ake, Van de Beek, Strootman, L. de Jong, Promes, Groenevelt, Vilhena,
Absentees: Tete, Kongolo (hamstring), Fosu-Mensah (shoulder), Janmaat (knee), Tete (groin), Bijlow (knee), Pröpper (foot)
Head coach: Ronald Koeman
Germany: Neuer (c) - Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Hector - Kimmich, Kroos - Müller, Can, Werner - Uth
Substitutes: Leno, ter Stegen, Sane, Süle, Kehrer, Gnabry, Draxler, Schulz, Rudy, Tah, Brandt
Absentees: Goretzka, Leno (both muscular), Petersen (shoulder), Havertz, Reus (both knee), Rüdiger (groin)
Head coach: Joachim Löw
- Germany have met their neighbouring Netherlands 40 times, winning 15 and drawing 15.
- These two nations last met in an international friendly on 14 November 2012, in a game which ended goalless.
- Germany have won more times in the Netherlands (eight) than they have against the Dutch at home (seven).
- Germany's biggest win over the Dutch was a 7-0 triumph in 1959; their biggest defeat was 3-1 in 2002.
- Thomas Müller is four caps short of 100 for Germany, while he is four goals adrift of Michael Ballack in eighth on the Germany all-time top-scorers' chart.
- Uth is the only uncapped player in the Germany squad; Havertz made his debut last month.
- Babel played 46 games for Hoffenheim between 2011 and 2012, scoring five goals.
- Luuk de Jong spent two seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach, scoring six goals in 36 games.