7 World Cup players chosen for Denmark friendly

German Football
By German Football August 10, 2010 19:36

7 World Cup players chosen for Denmark friendly

Only 7 of the 17 players called-upon by Joachim Löw belonged to the German World Cup team. The rest of the World Cup team have rejoined their clubs and are preparing for the new football season. Germany faces Denmark in a friendly at Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Löw nominated the goalkeepers Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04) and Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), defenders Jerome Boateng (Manchester City) and Serdar Tasci (VfB Stuttgart), midfielders Toni Kroos (Bayern München), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen) as well as forward Mario Gomez (Bayern München).

Löw also chose Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim) and Christian Träsch (VfB Stuttgart), two players that left the team during the preparatory camp in Tyrol. Piotr Trochowski (Hamburger SV) had to pull out on Friday because of hamstring problems.

Five more players belonged to the list of candidates for the World Cup: Thomas Hitzelsperger (West Ham United), Marcel Schäfer (Wolfsburg), Christian Gentner (Stuttgart), Aaron Hunt (Bremen) and Patrick Helmes (Bayer Leverkusen).

Sascha Riether (Wolfsburg) and Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach) are the two novices on Löw’s list for Copenhagen. The 27-year old Riether had played 20 internationals for the DFB Under 21-team. The 21-year old midfielder Reuss would have given his debut in Aachen against Malta last year, but then had to cancel because of an injury.

The 27-year old Christian Schulz (Hannover 96) last wore the German jersey in a game against Argentine on February 9, 2005.

“We knew very early, right after the World Cup and the contract extension, that we would waive our right to nominate many of the proven players”, said Löw. “We are aware of our responsibilities regarding the health of the national players. Following the intense strain and pressure of the World Cup, these players need the time at their clubs to prepare for the upcoming season. We have called-upon players now, that we always kept an eye on. In Copenhagen, it is their chance to shine.”

German Football
By German Football August 10, 2010 19:36
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  1. eVe August 11, 17:15

    Oh nooo.. Klose won’t play? Sad… :'(

  2. Banana August 27, 13:09

    Y isnt Schweinsteiger playing?

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