Löw makes changes to his preliminary squad after Poland match

There were many doubts about wether or not there was any point in playing the friendly between Germany and Poland on Tuesday. National team coach Jogi Löw was forced to leave out all the Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund players out of his squad and had to make up for it by bringing a bunch of new boys into the fold.

The match in itself produced four chances, and was probably not to the liking of the fans who like high paced, energetic and action packed football matches. Poland had set out to defend, whilst Germany’s team full of debutants struggled to find their way.

A record 12 debutants captained by Julian Draxler, the youngest captain in the national team’s history, had the chance to impress the national team coach. Jogi Löw told the press after the match that he enjoyed many aspects of the match, stating that he gained some valuable information from this match. Many followers of German football have been left wondering what sort of relevance that particular knowledge has ahead of Germany’s start into the group phase against Portugal on June 16th(1300 CET).

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Kramer comes in, four players have to leave

After the match Löw decided to make a total of five changes to his preliminary squad. Left back Marcell Jansen was dropped due to a lack of lacking fitness, Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer were sent back to Gelsenkirchen being told that they were too young and Andre Hahn was told that there was an overflow of talent in his position.

On the other hand side Christoph Kramer was rewarded for his good performance against Poland. The Borussia Mönchengladbach player has now been given a place in the squad that travels to Austria to prepare for the World Cup in Brazil. Löw was full of praise for Kramer, telling the press:

We do have a number of players playing in the centre of midfield who have been struggling of late or who have had a long term injury break. Therefore we want to include another option in our squad during our training camp, to be prepared for whatever may happen. Christoph Kramer made an impeccable impression both in training and during the match.

Kramer has been one of the revelations of the season. The 23-year-old has featured in 33 matches for The Foals, impressing with his excellent position, his ability to break up opposition play and an excellent passing game. Furthermore, Kramer has also shown that he can be dangerous in attack, scoring 3 goals himself and setting up another 2 for his teammates.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.

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