28.09.2006: Löw calls up keeper Enke

German Football
By German Football September 29, 2006 03:16

28.09.2006: Löw calls up keeper Enke

Germany coach Joachim Löw has decided to select Hanover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke as the national team’s latest back-up to first choice Jens Lehman following the retirement of Oliver Kahn. Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff confirmed media reports that Enke will be named by Loew ahead of a friendly against Georgia on Oct. 7 in Rostock.

Enke, 29, will join the squad together with VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand in the number two spot behind Lehmann of Arsenal. He was picked over Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen’s Tim Wiese but Bierhoff stated that Weidenfeller might also be given a chance in the near future.

Kahn announced his international retirement at the end of the World Cup having been replaced as first choice by Lehmann under former coach Juergen Klinsmann. He only starred in one match during the World Cup, the third-place playoffs against Portugal.

Bierhoff also mentioned that Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker, who had been sidelined for the last 3 months after surgery on his heel, would not be included in Loew’s squad for the Georgia game or the Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia on Oct. 11 in Bratislava. Even though Mertesacker, a stalwart centre back for Germany in their run to third place at the World Cup, played a full 90 minutes for the first time on Wednesday for Bremen against Barcelona, Werder coach Thomas Schaaf has asked that he be given more time to fully recuperate.

German Football
By German Football September 29, 2006 03:16
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