Dusseldorf (dpa) - With the third training in the Bundesliga Arena of Fortuna Dusseldorf, the preparation of the national football team continues to the last European Championship qualifiers.

National coach Joachim Loew is pleased about the comparatively long preparation for the match on Saturday in Mönchengladbach against Belarus. "That's already positive. The last few times it was always one or two training sessions, now you have an almost full week, that makes me happy first. We can do something about that, "said Löw.

A focus is also on the vote in the defense work. Due to the long-term absence of the injured Niklas Süle and Antonio Rüdiger a new formation has to be found. Matthias Ginter and Jonathan Tah, both injured in the October internationals, are the first alternatives for central defense. Whether the Berlin-based Niklas Stark can now get back into team training after his nose fracture is still uncertain.

Should the Netherlands win in Northern Ireland on Saturday, the DFB-Elf could make their European Championship debut with a draw against Belarus. At the moment, Germany ranks second behind Holland in Group C, the Northern Irishians follow three behind. Belarus and Estonia have no chance on a tournament ticket.