As Germany continue their search for full-backs, Marvin Plattenhardt could prove to be exactly what they are looking for. As well as being one of the most dangerous free-kick takers in the Bundesliga, the left-footed Hertha Berlin defender poses an additional threat with his frequent forays into the opposition half and ability to create goalscoring opportunities.
The 25-year-old, who became an U-17 European champion with Germany in 2009 and took part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup the same year, made his first Bundesliga appearance for Nuremberg in December 2010. After the Bavarian club’s relegation in 2014, Plattenhardt moved to the German capital, where he eventually established himself as Hertha’s undisputed starting left-back two-and-a-half years ago under current coach Pal Dardai.
"I’m so happy to be selected,” said the full-back. “Every player dreams of representing their country and now it has happened. Thanks to Hertha, I’ve developed well over the last two years." Germany coach Joachim Low agreed, saying: "Plattenhardt has played so well for Hertha this season. He is 25 years old but has a very wise head on his shoulders." At this rate, he may need to use that head at next year’s FIFA World Cup™.