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Continuity is Loew’s byword

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Germany coach Joachim Loew today named his provisional 27-man squad for the World Cup. As has been his hallmark throughout his reign, Loew’s squad had few in the way of surprises as the Swabian predictability opted for continuity over wholesale changes.

As was widely expected, there was no spot f

Joachim Loew

or the Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels or the young Schalke center-half Beneditk Howedes, with Loew preferring to stick to Serdar Tasci and Heiko Westermann.

However Loew did pull out a minor surprise. The Hamburg Germany U21 player Dennis Aogo who has been a surprise package in the left-back position has been included in the 27 man squad. While Aogo had not looked to be in the frame for a call-up, his inclusion is not that big a surprise considering the fact that Germany have struggled to fill the left-back berth ever since Phillip Lahm switched to the right.

With the Bayern full-back publicly stating that he preferred the new slot, Aogo might find himself closer to a starting spot that even he would have believed. Marcell Jansen in just recovering from an injury and he is better utilized as a winger than as a defender. If Loew does use Lahm on the right and puts Boateng on as a center-half, Aogo might just be in for a dream start come the World Cup.

Elsewhere, Christian Träsch found himself picked as a covering defensive midfielder but he will most likely be left out of the final reckoning.

Finally, given Bayern’s emphatic run to the final of the Champions League, Jörg Butt picks up the third goalkeeping spot.

Dennis Aogo

Full provisional Germany World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Jörg Butt (Bayern Munich)

Defenders: Dennis Aogo, Marcell Jansen, Jerome Boateng (all Hamburg SV), Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (both Bayern Munich), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Serdar Tasci (Stuttgart), Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04), Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Sami Khedira, Christian Träsch (both Stuttgart), Marko Marin, Mesut Özil (both Werder Bremen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg)

Attackers: Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose (all Bayern Munich), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Lukas Podolski (Cologne)

Also called up for Malta friendly on May 13:

Tobias Sippel (goalkeeper, Kaiserslautern), Mats Hummels (defender, Borussia Dortmund), Stefan Reinartz (defender, Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Großkreutz (midfielder, Borussia Dortmund), Marco Reus (midfielder, Borussia Moenchengladbach)


Written by quazi zulquarnain

May 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm