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Loew names Germany squad for Chile friendly

English.news.cn   2014-03-01 08:26:34

BERLIN, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Germany coach Joachim Loew appointed Bastian Schweinsteiger and also four newcomers for the friendly against Chile, at an official press conference on Friday.

Loew named his 21-men squad and surprised with four newcomers and the comeback of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Germany coach reacted on the injury crises and invited Freiburg's defender Matthias Ginter, Sampdoria's defender Shkodran Mustafi, Hamburg's Pierre Michel Lasogga and Augsburg's Andre Hahn.

"Many including tried and tested players are still injured and battered or just got back. We have to work for on solutions and practise for an emergency. Therefore we decided to invite new players who showed consistent and good performances in their clubs," Loew said.

Schweinsteiger returns after a long-term injury. He will make his first game after his last appearance in October 2013 when they defeated Sweden 5-3.

"Bastaisn is back on track as he showed recently at Bayern. We all know how important he is for our game. He is an absolute world-class player who can make the difference for us in Brazil. I know how hard he works to be in shape in the summer," Joachim Loew added.

Germany encounters Chile on Wednesday in Stuttgart for their first game in 2014. The Germans sit on second place of the FIFA world rankings meanwhile Chile occupy 14th place. The two sides clashed six times, Germany reaped four wins and suffered two defeats.

"Chile will play highly motivated against us. We expect a tough opponent against whom we also want to test some strategies," said Loew.

Following is the Germany squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal London), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Goetze (FC Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (FC Augsburg), Toni Kroos (FC Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern Munich)

Strikers: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Editor: Mengjie
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