Germany v Japan LIVE commentary: Hansi Flick’s side begin redemption quest following 2018 horror show – date, kick-off time and how to listen on talkSPORT

    Four-time champions Germany will kick off their World Cup campaign with an opening Group E tie against Japan this afternoon.

    Germany endured a shocking time four years ago as they finished bottom of their group after defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

    Germany and Japan face off today

    Germany and Japan face off today

    Hansi Flick’s Die Mannschaft must hit back and perform in Qatar but have been handed a tough group.

    They’ll face Japan, Costa Rica and, in one of the highlights of the group stage, Spain.

    Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia in qualification.

    Germany v Japan: talkSPORT coverage

    This World Cup Group E tie will get underway at 1pm UK time on Wednesday, November 23.

    The game will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar’s capital Doha.

    The action will be live on talkSPORT from midday and we will also have a special pre-match preview show and plenty of analysis after full-time.

    Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Germany have plenty of talent in their ranks


    Germany have plenty of talent in their ranks

    Germany v Japan: Squads and team news 

    talkSPORT will bring you all the latest team news from the entire World Cup throughout November and December.

    Germany squad

    • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp
    • Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule
    • Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Niclas Fullkrug, Leon Goretzka, Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala
    • Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane

    Japan squad

    • Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt, Eiji Kawashima
    • Defenders: Miki Yamane, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Hiroki Ito, Yuto Nagatomo, Yuta Nakayama
    • Midfielders: Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Ao Tanaka, Gaku Shibasaki, Kaoru Mitoma, Daichi Kamada, Ritsu Doan, Junya Ito, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo, Yuki Soma
    • Forwards: Daizen Maeda, Takuma Asano, Ayase Ueda

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    In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

    There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

    Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets all games on sale HERE!


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