Dubbed as the “golden generation” of Austrian football, Franco Foda’s Austia led the team to its success in qualifying for the Euro 2020. This is their best chance to recover from a devastating exit the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Euro 2016 group stage. Here is the potential XI of the Austria national teamfor the Euro 2020 next year:
Heinz Lindner (Goalkeeper)
Austria’s most capped goalkeeper, Heinz Lindner has made 22 appearances for his country, and has played in the Austrian, German and Swiss first divisions. Last year, free agent shot-stopper Lindner was offered a week-long trial by West London side Queens Park Rangers (QPR) to get his career back on track. However, it seemed the offer was rejected and Lindner remains a free agent up to date.
Stefan Lainer (Right Back)
Last year, an impressive effort from Stefan Lainer in the second half sealed a win over North Macedonia that secured Austria’squalification in the tournament next year. It was also Lainer’smaiden goal for this national team that makes him one of the important players in the team for the position. Lainer has also helped his domestic club Borussia Monchengladbach climb to fourth in the German Bundesliga.
Aleksandar Dragović (Centre Back)
Bayer Leverkusen’s tough-tackling centre-back AleksandarDragović is one of the veterans in the team. He made his international debut for Austria in 2009 and scored his first goal in 2014. In 2016, he was sent off in the first game against Hungary, which ended in a 2–1 defeat. Now that the national team made its way back to the tournament, it will be a great chance for him to redeem himself.
Martin Hinteregger (Centre Back)
Last year, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger was a hero in one of the qualifying matches as he scored a goal that sealed a win over Israel in Euro 2020 qualifying rounds. The Austrians moved into second place in Group G above Slovenia despite a slow start, and later cemented the spot following this win. Hinteregger is also an experienced player in the position and a vital man to do the job next year.
Andreas Ulmer (Left Back)
Red Bull Salzburg’s current captain in Austrian Bundesliga, Andreas Ulmer is also a veteran player who has made a whopping 261 appearances for the club he has played for since 2009. He was the key person on Hinteregger’s goal that sealed a win over Israel in Euro 2020 qualifying rounds and moved into second place in Group G. This kind of performance is needed to for the tough tournament next year.