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Loew: Euro spots must be earned

11 May 2012 17:16

Germany coach Joachim Loew says spots in his final squad for Euro 2012 are wide open, adding that no one is guaranteed a starting place.

The 52-year-old announced his preliminary squad for the competition earlier this week, and surprisingly included the likes of Julian Draxler, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ilkay Gundogan.

Loew denies his less experienced players are sure to be cut from the squad, and hinted they would come in for close scrutiny.

"Of course there are players (who know they're being watched closely). But now I don't need to mention any names," he said.

"As for players who have been mentioned in the public as sure cuts, everyone has a fair chance.

"They must convince me in the preparation with relentless work and strong will - then they will have a chance to book their ticket to the Euros. Everyone must compete for a starting place."

Loew went on to outline his plans for the build-up to the tournament, and said his first port of call will be making sure all of his players are in sufficient shape to compete.

"We will make the best of it. In the so-called 'recovery training camp' we'll use players who have not played regularly recently due to injuries so they will get physically fit," Loew said.

"This primarily concerns Per Mertesacker, and also the Bender twins (Sven and Lars). Dortmund will be extra drained after the Pokal final. It will be highly individual training, but there will be two practice sessions per day.

"The players can be prepared for an intensive and comprehensive programme.

"As for the second phase of training in France, we will work more on the football field; in phase three, in Poland, we will do our tactical fine tuning."

Germany begin their preparations for Euro 2012 with a friendly clash against Switzerland on May 26.

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