After a successful World Cup run that saw Germany put four past Australia, England and Argentina, Joachim Loew will know that he still has the support of the DfB and the backing of all of Germany to lead Die Mannschaft on to further success in 2012 at the European Championships and in 2014 at the World Cup. Tomorrow, Joachim Loew will look to experiment with many of Germany’s younger, up-and-coming players against a Denmark side that will be taking the same approach. Germany’s young stars will look to impress Loew and begin to force their way into the side on a more regular basis.
Germany will put out a very competitive side despite the lack of too many of Germany’s World Cup stars.
Neuer – Beck, Tasci, Boateng, Schafer – Traesch, Hitzlsperger – Hunt, Kroos, Marin – Gomez
Germany’s number one goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, looks likely to keep his place in the side and further extend his run as number one choice for the national team. Notably, Jerome Boateng, who played at left-back for Germany during the World Cup, may slot into the center-back position with Marcel Schafer or Sascha Riether filling in the full-back role. Christian Traesch, who missed the World Cup through injury, will play the Schweinsteiger role in midfield and will look to impress Loew. Next to him, is experienced midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger who will be looking to revive his career with the German national team and at his club side West Ham this year. Hitzlsperger’s box-to-box qualities could make him vital in that midfield role, especially in this match.
Marco Reus, the young Gladbach man who would have been looking to prove his worth to Joachim Loew tomorrow, has withdrawn from the squad claiming illness. In his stead, Aaron Hunt and Marko Marin, an ex-Gladbach player, will both look to shine down the wings for Germany with their flair and technical ability. If they can impress, they will compete with Lukas Podolski and potentially Thomas Mueller for a spot in Germany’s regular XI. Through the middifle is Toni Kroos, who will stake a claim for a spot in Bayern Munich’s midfield this year, and Mario Gomez, who will be fighting for a spot up front for Bayern as well. Gomez was given a golden opportunity to make his name for Germany in the 2008 European Championships, but really failed to impress.
Denmark will field a lineup made up of mostly inexperienced players, but even so it will be a good excersize for Germany.
Sorensen – Jacobsen, Agger, Kjaer, S. Poulsen – C. Poulsen, Silberbauer, Eriksen – Rommedahl, Junker, Krohn-Dehli
The experience is certainly at the back for Denmark in this match, which will provide a stern test for Germany’s young forwards. Denmark should provide little threat going forward besides the raw pace of Dennis Rommedahl.
Germany’s youngsters will be looking to impress coach Joachim Loew in this match, and they’ll need to if they’d like to be considered for the national team on a regular basis. It should be an exciting match with Germany controlling the game from start to finish. 3-0.