There were no real surprises on Friday when national team coach Joachim Löw nominated the roster for Germany’s last two World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden on October 11 and 15 respectively. The big news of course was Stefan Kiessling’s omission again while Max Kruse, Sidney Sam and Marcel Jansen were all welcomed back into the fold.
After absences due to injuries, Bayern Munich pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze were also recalled. Schweinsteiger could make his 100th appearance for Germany if he were to feature in both qualifiers. Due to Marcel Schmelzer’s absence Löw also recalled Hamburg’s Marcel Jansen who will likely slot in at left back. After their great starts to the season, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Max Kruse and Bayer Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam were also recalled. The two previously featured in Germany’s trip to the United States this past summer. Also missing due to injuries are Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Ilkay Gündogan
Löw said from the beginning that he wanted to finish the qualifying cycle with the same core of players that started it which makes his selection straightforward but for months now, many have been clamoring for Kiessling to be called up considering he is Germany’s most in form striker and Löw met with him this past week. He did not rule out a call up in the near future but confirmed that Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez were his first choices up front. Moreover, there are one or two strikers that Löw said he wanted to test as well ahead of the World Cup. Simply put, there was no room for Kiessling in the team for the time being.
Klopp also met with Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp this past week after mounting criticism over the perceived treatment of Dortmund players. He and Klopp spoke for two hours and cleared the air, speaking on the different interpretations of certain roles at club and international level, certain players and the team as a whole.
Two games remain on the calendar year for Löw to further polish his ideas ahead of the World Cup. A win against Ireland would officially seal qualification and after their forgetful 4-4 against Sweden earlier in the campaign, the entire team wants to finish the cycle as strongly as possible.
Goalkeepers: René Adler (Hamburger SV), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern München), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (FC Arsenal)
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Mario Götze (Bayern München), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern München), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil (FC Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), André Schürrle (FC Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München)
Forwards: Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
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