It’s been confirmed that Granit Xhaka will wear the armband for Switzerland at his third consecutive World Cup.
The Arsenal midfielder made his debut for his country as an 18-year-old n 2011 and has since earned more than 100 caps.
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The Swiss have been drawn in World Cup Group G and will face Cameroon, Serbia and Brazil. That means a showdown with club teammates Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, who learned of their call-ups on Monday.
Unsurprisingly, the attacking duo are on cloud nine. Speaking to Arsenal.com, Mikel Arteta revealed:
“They have big smiles on their faces. For Gabi Martinelli, it’s his first one and I think it’s a huge achievement to be part of the national team. For Gabby Jesus, it’s great as well because he needed that call after what happened in the last one.”
Unfortunately for defender Gabriel Magalhaes, he didn’t get the news he was hoping for.
“For Gabi Magalhaes it’s a disappointment, but when you look at the squad that they have and the experience they have in that position, you have to understand that and it’s another challenge for him,” said Arteta.
“He needs to be ready for the next one, he needs to improve and carry on with the good things that he’s been doing.”