Germany Coach Joachim Low insists he means no disrespect to England or his managerial counterpart Roy Hodgson by deciding to rest a number of first team players for the friendly between the two sides, the
England host Germany at Wembley on Tuesday but the visitors will be without regular goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Phillip Lahm and playmaker Mesut Ozil, who were all part of the squad against Italy on Friday. Low explained his decision to release the trio was based on a desire to test new players and formations, rather than anything more sinister.
“It was clear for me that these two matches against Italy and England, I would use them to try out new players in key positions and what better test for these up-and-coming players than to play in front of a partisan crowd of 80,000 fans spurring their own team on,” he said.
“It was clear to me that I needed to experiment a bit and send home some of the players who are firmly established,” Low continued. “It was a deliberate acid test for these young players and it’s definitely not the case that we’re fielding a B team or that there’s any lack of respect to our hosts.”
Germany and Italy drew 1-1 on Friday, with Germany beating England the last time the countries met – in the 2010 World Cup, when Germany ran out 4-1 winners. Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, midfielder Sven Bender, left-back Marcel Schmelzer and centre-backs Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are among the players Low will hand opportunities to against Hodgson’s team.
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