Nations League team – Yakin presents Aiten Wendoy and Frey – Zakaria’s return – Sport

  • The national team coach, Murat Yakin, announced the squad that will play the Nations League matches against Spain and the Czech Republic on Friday.
  • Dennis Zakaria returns to the team after injury. There’s also Fabian Frye.
  • Also returning to the team are Dan Ndwi and Cedric Iten.

Murat Yakin relies on the routine in the last gathering of the Swiss team before the World Cup in Qatar and refrains from testing. In addition to the established players around Captain Granit Xhaka, national coach Cedric Itten, Dan Ndoy, Denis Zakaria and Fabian Frye have introduced for Nations League matches in Spain (September 24) and against the Czech Republic (September 27). There was a question mark behind Frei’s nomination as the 33-year-old is no longer the first choice at FC Basel.

For Aiten and Zacharias, who have been injured for a long time, it is the first team this year. The same goes for Ndoye. The 21-year-old is still awaiting his debut in the national team and was last called up in September 2021 in the World Cup qualifier against Italy. The attacking player earned the nomination with a good performance. We watched him. He plays with great confidence. “Now it is up to him to seize this opportunity,” Yakin said.

National team squad


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Goal: Yvonne Mfugo (Lorient), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Jan Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

defense: Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Eray Kommert (Valencia), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kevin Mbabo (Fulham), Ricardo Rodriguez (Turin), Fabian Scheer (Newcastle United), Sylvain Widmer (Mainz).

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Midfield and striker: Michel Ebecher (Bologna), Brielle Empolo (Monaco), Fabian Fry (Basel), Remo Froeller (Nottingham), Cedric Itten (Young Boys), Dan Ndoye (Basel), Noah Okafor (Salzburg), Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago), Djibril Sue (Eintracht Frankfurt), Renato Stephen (Lugano), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Chelsea).

Kobel and Zuber are missing due to injuries

The team is led by Captain Granit Shaka and Xherdan Shaqiri. Unlike the last transfer in June, Gregor Kopel, Jordan Lutumba, Mattia Bhutani and Steven Zuber were not present as well as Mario Gavranovic, who quit the national team. Kobel is missing due to muscle issues and Zuber recently pulled out of the AEK Athens due to an injury.

We want to stay in League A. This requires superior performance, no trials.

In an interview with SRF after the media conference, Yakin stressed the great importance of the upcoming matches in Spain and St. Gallen against the Czech Republic. “We want to stay in League A. It requires super performance, and there are no trials.”

The coach of the national team is confident of the tasks ahead: “We can travel to Spain with a lot of self-confidence because we showed against them in the second half (in the 0-1 defeat in June, editor’s note). To put pressure on them too. We just have to score goals. Then we hope that There will be a final against the Czech Republic. We want to do better than we were when we initially lost.”

  • Monday 19 September: Monotheism in Bad Ragaz
  • Monday 19 September: General training in Bad Ragaz (4:45 pm).
  • Thursday, September 22: Departure to Zaragoza
  • Saturday 24 September: Nations League, Spain-Switzerland in Zaragoza (from 8:10pm live on SRF Zwei and in the sports app)
  • Tuesday 27 September: Nations League, Switzerland – Czech Republic in St. Gallen (from 8:10pm live on SRF Zwei and in the sports app)

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