By Sam Stone

24th Nov, 2022 | 7:23am

Germany left to rue Robin Koch decision as Leeds United defender mistake comes to light

Robin Koch will be sat at home fairly disappointed he didn’t make the Germany World Cup squad – and after their defeat to Japan, the Leeds United defender must feel even more bemused.

Hansi Flick’s side started the game well and took the lead through Ilkay Gundogan, however, a second-half blitz from Japan stunned the four-time winners to start their campaign off with a defeat. When looking at the Germany backline and some of the defending on Wednesday, Koch will be disappointed that he wasn’t included in the squad.

Germany’s defenders looked slow, lethargic, and easy to get through. For Takuma Asano’s winner, one long ball into the channel had Flick’s side all at sea with Nico Schlotterbeck and David Raum caught out of position. Niklas Süle and Antonio Rudiger were also disappointing.

Considering Flick has called up some players who haven’t featured for the national team for a number of years, it will be frustrating for Koch to see the side struggle. At 26, this was potentially the ideal chance for the defender to feature at a World Cup, with the next competition in 2026 a little too late for the Leeds man.

His focus will now be solely on improving Jesse Marsch’s backline, with Leeds leaking far too many goals in the 2022/23 season. The Whites’ attacking players are needing to score at least three goals a game to be competitive at the moment, and that’s not a sustainable way of getting results.

Koch should certainly use this World Cup snub as fuel to improve his performances and show Flick that he has made an error in not selecting.

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