Germany rests stars for Argentina clash
Joachim Loew has rested several high-profile players from his Germany squad for the friendly against Argentina on Wednesday.
Captain Philipp Lahm misses out due to the impending birth of his child, while Arsenal pair Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are omitted to help them prepare for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Sunderland on August 18.
"Philip (Lahm) wanted to play, but after speaking to him on the phone, I made the decision to leave him to his private life," Loew told the German Football Association's official website.
"Three days after the international match in Frankfurt, the Premier League season starts in England, so it's important for Per (Mertesacker), who was injured for a long time, and Lukas (Podolski), who is fighting for a regular place in the team, are able to prepare for the tasks ahead with their club."
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tim Wiese has also been cut, with his international future now in serious doubt as Germany look to proceed with a younger understudy to current number one, Manuel Neuer.
"Hansi Flick and I had a long conversation with Tim [Wiese] in Hoffenheim, and we have informed him that we are planning to use a younger goalkeeper for the World Cup qualifying," goalkeeping coach Andreas Klope said.
Bayern Munich pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez have also been excluded due to injury, with Low including only one recognized striker in his squad in the form of Lazio’s Miroslav Klose.Full Squad: Goalkeepers:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).Defenders:
Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund),Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders:
Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gondogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Tomi Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen).Striker:
Miroslav Klose (Lazio).