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International Friendly: Germany v Denmark Preview

Young Midfielder Toni Kroos Will Look To Make A Name For Himself Against Denmark Tomorrow.

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Marco Reus, the young Gladbach man who would have been looking to prove his worth to Joachim Loew tomorrow, has withdrawn from the squad claiming illness.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.

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  1. Diriye

    September 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Glad fans are surprised with Reus being ditched? Could have been forseen though like Dylan was saying.

  2. Rumpel

    August 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I see Gomez still very much established in the national team actually. He would have to play the worst season ever to come close to that, also you could argue with his Bayern player status and his ,same as Loew & Co, Swabian connections to guarantee nominations. Of course he will have to perform eventually. (Which he also does to some extend after all, 13 goals in 39 games is not extremely bad) But most of all, his great potential is still there and he will get a lot more time to show it.

    Still see Mueller on the right but your idea on putting him up front has something to it, never really considered it before.

    As for the others as competition for Mueller, Marin is not a starter, Oezil is in the middle, Podolski is left, Kroos can play anything (did u ever consider him as replacing van Bommel with BM and also growing into a skillful 6 for the NT). Hunt only had 7 really good games in his entire life, dont see him as national player yet (and maybe never), Trochowski seems to be fading out of everything these days (rumor will have it he was about to be sold to Hanover, HANOVER!)

    To sum it up, I see Gomez being the starting striker for Germany in the next world cup. =)

  3. Rumpelstiltskin

    August 13, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Interesting you name Mueller. Maybe he will be deadly in that role, a little early to tell though in my opinion, despite his recent modest success 😉 Gomez is 5 years older though, that’s like an entire footballing generation so there’s actually not that much competition with Mueller. Mueller could well be deadly in other positions for some years and move to the central position when Gomez starts fading out of the national team and Klose is just a mere co-trainer at Kaiserslautern or something.

    Cacau has a different playing style and he’s not very tall. Great striker though, but not as fitting in the current German national teams system as an up to date Gomez would be. Also he is 29, that makes like what, 2 more big tournements for him at most?

    • Dylan Thomas

      August 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      But don’t you think Gomez has already begun fading out of the national team? Mueller could play up top, Marin could play wide right in years to come, and then there’s still Ozil, Podolski, Kroos, Hunt, Trochowski, to consider for the three behind the striker. I think Mueller will play that central striker position his very soon, especially if he continues to score goals with Bayern Munich this season.

  4. Rumpelstiltskin

    August 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Hm like who? Please name some 🙂

    In my view Gomez has by far the most potential and should be bright and shinning the No.1 germany striker by now. I wonder what the problem with him and international performances is. He should definatelly move away from Bayern, van Gaal won’t give him the playing time not t mention change the system to Gomez needs.

    He should go to Bremen or back to Stuttgart if you just look at it from the football side, which of course you can’t at the end of the day…

    • Dylan Thomas

      August 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      I’m a big fan of Cacau, but I think Thomas Mueller will grow into that central striker role as he progresses as a player. He could be absolutely deadly there.

  5. Poldi

    August 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Gomez didn’t play for Germany in 2006, I think he had his first cap in 2007. You are thinking of the Euro 2008 where he failed to impress (to put it nicely). I still like him as a player, unfortunately Bayern plays the wrong system for him to shine.
    Anyway, stupid game at this time. Shouldn’t be played at all.

    • Dylan Thomas

      August 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

      yep, sorry! I remember every miss too, I just thought it was much earlier on than the euros. I like him, but I think Germany have some much better alternatives.

  6. Rumpelstiltskin

    August 11, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Well nobody knows for sure how serious an illness it is and when you weigh a succesful BuLi early season against a part time appearance in a meaningless international game, the withdrawal might prove to be the better choice.

    He is on the short list for the National team anyways and should be integrated in the team by 2012.

    Actually several of the coming players are at a U21 game on island as well, further thining the lines and putting some names up there that nobody expected near the National Team ever (again).

  7. Luke

    August 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Reus is out of the match with the sniffles..seriously he withdrew because of “a cold”.

    • Dylan Thomas

      August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      That’s a shock! This really was a great opportunity for him to show his skill.. bad move on his part!

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