29.09.2006: Löw calls up three untried players

German Football
By German Football September 29, 2006 16:50

29.09.2006: Löw calls up three untried players

Coach Joachim Löw has called up three untried players to Germany’s national team for next month’s matches against Georgia and Slovakia. Hamburg SV playmaker Piotr Trochowski, Alemannia Aachen forward Jan Schlaudraff and Werder Bremen defender Clemens Fritz are the three uncapped outfield players in the squad that was announced on Friday.

Germany are currently top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group D with 6 points after beating Ireland (1-0) and San Marino (13-0) in their two games so far. They have a friendly against Georgia in Rostock on Oct. 7 before playing their third qualifying match away to Slovakia on Oct. 11.

Löw also called up Robert Enke, the 29-year-old Hanover 96 goalkeeper, for the first of the two games. Enke was in the squad for the Confederations Cup in 1999 in Mexico but has yet to play for Germany.

Gerald Asamoah is out of the squad after he suffered a compound leg fracture in Schalke 04’s UEFA Cup defeat by Nancy on Thursday, and Werder Bremen pair Tim Borowski and Per Mertesacker are also missing due to injury. Midfielder Borowski injured his left leg in Werder’s Champions League outing on Wednesday, in which they were held to a 1-1 draw by Barcelona. Centre-back Mertesacker made his comeback from a heel injury in that match but club coach Thomas Schaaf asked that he be given more time to complete his recovery.

Christoph Metzelder, Sebastian Kehl, Jens Nowotny, Robert Huth and Sebastian Deisler were also ruled out because of long standing injury problems. Striker Oliver Neuville is also having injury problems, but has been called up nevertheless. “After a discussion with the player, I decided to invite him. There’s hope, that he will be fit next week”, Löw explained.

15 players of the squad formed part of the team that finished third at the World Cup this summer. Only the internationally-retired keeper Oliver Kahn and the injured Christoph Metzelder, Per Mertesacker, Jens Nowotny, Robert Huth, Gerald Asamoah, Tim Borowski and Sebastian Kehl are missing.

Löw stepped up from the assistant’s role to replace Juergen Klinsmann following Germany’s third place finish at the World Cup in Germany.

The squad for the next game:

Goalkeepers: Robert Enke (Hanover 96), Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, England)

Defenders: Malik Fathi (Hertha Berlin), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Manuel Friedrich (Mainz), Clemens Fritz (Werder Bremen), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Alexander Madlung (VfL Wolfsburg)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea, England), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), David Odonkor (Real Betis, Spain), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg SV)

Forwards: Mike Hanke (VfL Wolfsburg), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich), Jan Schlaudraff (Alemannia Aachen)

German Football
By German Football September 29, 2006 16:50
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