Löw calls up 17 World Cup players for Euro qualifying

German Football
By German Football August 28, 2010 15:41

Löw calls up 17 World Cup players for Euro qualifying

Among the 21 players called upon by German coach Joachim Löw for two upcoming qualifying games, 17 were part of the DFB-team, that had clinched third place at the World Cup in South Africa. Germany kicks-off their qualifying run for the 2012 European Championships with matches against Belgium in Brussels on September 3, and against Azerbaijan on September 7 in Cologne.

“Obviously we aim for a successful start into our qualifying run. We need to pick up where we had left off at the World Cup”, says Joachim Löw. René Adler, Heiko Westermann, Christian Träsch and Sascha Riether are the four players, that did not belong to the World Cup roster.

Löw nominated three goalkeepers, a customary approach for two successive games, calling upon Leverkusen’s Adler besides Manuel Neuer (VfB Stuttgart) and Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen). “Adler’s return comes as no surprise, as he has found his old form following the surgery”, says Löw.

Löw adds: “The circumstances of our Denmark game were demanding because of the date, so that the two upcoming games actually mark the commencement of a new chapter. Our new season starts now. The praise we received for our performances in South Africa is behind us now, everybody faces new challenges as we enter a new section. We’ll be very competitive in our approach as we try to reach the next level with our team.”

Löw did refrain from nominating Michael Ballack, a decision both had discussed by phone during the week. “It was a good and trustful talk. Three months past his severe injury, Michael is making tremendous progress. We are all very happy with his recovery. It is important that he regains his former level of play these next few weeks in Leverkusen.”

German Football
By German Football August 28, 2010 15:41
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