England-Germany showdown presents stark clash of youth cultures

Under-21 teams meet with English football in rude health – and its brightest talents flocking to the Bundesliga

On a spreadsheet full of facts and figures about some of England and Germany’s brightest talent, it feels rather apt that the outfield player in Stefan Kuntz’s under-21 squad who has completed fewer minutes than anyone else this season is with a Premier League club. Abdelhamid Sabiri’s lack of time on the pitch with Huddersfield fits the story that Germany, not England, is the place to be for those trying to find their way in a game that is running out of pathways.

One of the headline statistics relating to Tuesday under-21 friendly at Bournemouth is that the 24 players named in the original Germany squad have started 668 Bundesliga games, which is more than twice as many as their 26 English counterparts have racked up in the Premier League.

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