Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has claimed his country Germany, holders France, England and Brazil are the four favorites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Gündogan, who played for the team at the last edition of the tournament, has been an integral part of Germany’s squad since making his international debut in 2011. Due to a back injury, the 31-year-old missed out on the prestigious trophy in the summer of 2014.
He featured once in the 2018 edition, coming on as a substitute in Germany’s 2-1 win over Sweden. The four-time FIFA World Cup winners failed in the group stage last time out but is expected to impress in Qatar under head coach Hansi Flick.
During a Q/A session on Twitter, Gundogan was asked about the potential winners of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. He answered:
“Hopefully Germany. My other favorite teams are England, France and Brazil.”
When asked about his opinion on the World Cup in Qatar this winter, he replied:
“It’s a bit weird and no one really knows how it feels and how to go back to the normal season with just a few days off afterwards. But I would say it’s still better than playing in Qatar in the hot summer.”
Germany have been drawn into Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica. The competition starts on November 21st and the final is scheduled for December 18th.
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The Germany midfielder, who is in the final year of his current contract at the Etihad Stadium, played a crucial role in his side’s 2021/22 Premier League title win. He scored twice in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on the final day as the Citizens won the league title by a single point.
Last season he recorded 10 goals and six assists in 43 games in all competitions for Manchester City. The 31-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles since joining City in 2016, has scored 49 goals and provided 33 assists in 254 games in all competitions for the English champions.
The former Borussia Dortmund man is expected to pick up fewer minutes in the 2022-23 season after Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips joined for £42million earlier this summer.
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