Fresh from scoring against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, Vitaly Janelt received more positive news this morning as he was named in the Germany Under-21 squad for the knockout stages of this summer's European Championship.
Stefan Kuntz included 23 players for the knockout rounds which begin for Germany next Monday against Denmark in Székesfehérvár, kick-off 8pm. Should they win that game they will stay in Székesfehérvár for the Semi-Final three days later before moving to the Stožice Stadion, Ljubljana for the Final on Sunday 6 June.
Vitaly could come up against some Bees teammates in Székesfehérvár as Mads Bech and Mads Roerslev have both been included in the Denmark squad for the knockout stages. Kuntz's side qualified by beating Hungary 3-0 before draws against Netherlands and Romania while Denmark went through after a perfect three wins from three over France, Iceland, and Russia.
The 23-year-old's goal against Bournemouth on Saturday, which levelled the tie at 2-2, was his fourth of a hugely impressive debut season in English football. Since arriving in October, Vitaly has played in all-but two of our matches in league and cup. He made 41 Sky Bet Championship appearances, scoring in the wins over QPR, Middlesbrough, and Stoke City, and also started our Carabao Cup Quarter-Final win over Newcastle United and the subsequent Semi-Final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
At international level, Vitaly has earned eight caps at Under-21 level, two of those coming in March's European Championship Group Stages.