Joshua Kimmich can emulate the career of Jerome Boateng

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Germany's 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday saw an unlikely man of the match, stand-in right back Joshua Kimmich.

The versatile 21-year-old put in a lung-busting performance, charging constantly down the right flank for the full 90 minutes. In the second half particularly, he was Germany's most potent attacker.

Kimmich was called to Joachim Low's Euro 2016 squad after an impressive season with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, making 15 starts in several positions.


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His fellow countryman and club teammate Jerome Boateng has also enjoyed an impressive Euro 2016 campaign so far, starting in all three of Germany's clean sheets. Many comparisons can be drawn between the pair due to similarities on and off the pitch.

Both Kimmich and Boateng began their international careers at full-back, despite their respective managers seeing their long-term future at centre back. The pair's tremendous ability on the ball and speed allow them to play comfortably anywhere in the defensive line.

Boateng is now one of the world's best central defenders after spending the majority of his early career at either full back, which paints a positive picture for Germany's latest youngster.

Now 27, Boateng made his tournament debut for Germany at the age of 21, representing them at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Similarly, Kimmich is making his tournament debut at the same age.

Previous to their senior Germany call-ups the two players won European Championships with one of Germany's numerous youth sides. Boateng won the U21 Championship in 2009 while Kimmich triumphed with the U20's in 2014.

Despite not starting their footballing careers at the same club or youth academy, both had to earn recognition the hard way. Rottweil-born Kimmich was deemed not good enough at Stuttgart as a teenager and was sold to third division side Red Bull Leipzig in 2013.

In comparison, Boateng was passed around a few German clubs before signing for Manchester City in 2010, following their new found wealth. After a frustrating season in England, Munich took a chance on the then 22-year-old and the defender flourished in his natural position. The same has occurred with Kimmich three years later

Since joining Munich in 2011, on the back of an eye-catching World Cup, Boateng has played in and won the Champions League and World Cup as well as four consecutive league titles since 2013.

Germany and Bayern Munich fans will hope Kimmich is the latest world-class talent to come off the production line and all of the similarities he shares with Boateng will allow him to flourish and emulate his career in upcoming seasons.

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