Germany face Australia without key trio

German Football
By German Football March 28, 2011 14:41

Germany face Australia without key trio

Germany will be without captain Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira for their friendly against Australia on Tuesday.

Coach Joachim Löw has released the trio as he prepares to use an experimental side for the match in Monchengladbach to take a closer look at several new players and try out different tactics.

Ozil and Khedira, who play for Spanish club Real Madrid, have a Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham coming up. Lahm will also return to his club Bayern Munich on Monday.

The coach has a squad of 19 players available for Tuesday’s game, in which Mainz forward Andre Schurrle will replace Lukas Podolski and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels will start in the centre of the defence.

Marcel Schmelzer has also been guaranteed a place as Lahm’s replacement.

Miroslav Klose is likely to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of Lahm and the national team’s official captain Michael Ballack, who has not figured in any of Low’s squads since injuring his ankle prior to last year’s World Cup.

However, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder’s international career is not yet over and Löw will hold talks with the 34-year-old next month.

“We have spoken on the phone several times and have not had chance to meet in March, but we will do so in April,” Löw told ZDF television. “I am glad that he has been playing more regularly recently.”

German Football
By German Football March 28, 2011 14:41
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