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Football: Below-Par England Are Still A Threat, Insists Loew

Posted on: November 18, 2008

BERLIN: Die Mannschaft coach Joachim Loew insisted on Monday England’s growing list of injured stars will not help Germany’s cause in Wednesday night’s international friendly at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

England midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard on Monday joined the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand who have all cried off while Chelsea defender John Terry is doubtful with a foot injury.

But even without their stars and veterans Michael Owen and David Beckham, who have been left out by coach Fabio Capello, Loew insists the Three Lions will still threaten his side in the capital city.

“To have England as our last game of the year at home in such a large stadium is always something special,” said Loew.

“England missed out on playing at Euro 2008, but since then they are undefeated in their qualifying games so far – that speaks for itself.

“They will bring a strong team to Berlin, even with their injuries they will be none the weaker.

“There is no need to talk up England, because they are strong enough as they are.

“All of their players play in the Premier League and are used to playing at a high standard.”

Germany have a few injury casualties missing in key defender Philipp Lahm and captain Michael Ballack, while veteran midfielder Torsten Frings has been left out to blood new players.

Loew reported Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger took a knock to the shin playing in the Bundesliga last weekend, but the Germany play-maker is expected to be fit to face the English.

The German coach has called up three new caps in Hoffenheim pair Marvin Compper and Tobias Weis as well as Wolfsburg’s Marcel Schaefer, but Loew refused to say which of them will start.

“It is no accident they are in the squad,” said Loew.

“We have watched them and the way they play is exactly what we want in the team.

“They bring along all the necessary physical dynamics and can also shine as players, all three have a good chance of playing.”

With defenders Lahm, Marcell Jansen und Christian Pander all injured, Schaefer has the best chance of starting and with his strong left-foot would slot in at left back.

It will be the 31st duel between die Mannschaft and the Three Lions, but England are one of a handful of sides who have won more games against Germany than they have lost.

The English have won 14 matches, while Germany have been victors on only 10 occasions and the other matches ended in a draw.

Loew’s side won the last encounter in at new Wembley in August 2007 when goals from Kevin Kuranyi and Christian Pander sealed a 2-1 win.

“We had similar injury problems then to what England have now and although we were not tipped to win at Wembley, we managed to ruin England’s party at the new stadium,” said Loew.

“And they are more than capable of doing the same thing to us this time.”

But Kuranyi will not feature in this game – or any other future Germany matches – having walked out on the team last month and Loew repeated his pledge the striker will never play for his country again.

Kuranyi walked out at half-time during Germany’s 2-1 win over Russia in a World Cup qualifier last month having watched the first half from the stands.

“He kept us waiting for an hour and that was humiliating, I said at the time it was curtains for Kevin’s future involvement and I stand behind that decision,” added Loew. – AFP/de

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Football: Below-Par England Are Still A Threat, Insists Loew

Posted on: November 18, 2008

BERLIN: Die Mannschaft coach Joachim Loew insisted on Monday England’s growing list of injured stars will not help Germany’s cause in Wednesday night’s international friendly at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

England midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard on Monday joined the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand who have all cried off while Chelsea defender John Terry is doubtful with a foot injury.

But even without their stars and veterans Michael Owen and David Beckham, who have been left out by coach Fabio Capello, Loew insists the Three Lions will still threaten his side in the capital city.

“To have England as our last game of the year at home in such a large stadium is always something special,” said Loew.

“England missed out on playing at Euro 2008, but since then they are undefeated in their qualifying games so far – that speaks for itself.

“They will bring a strong team to Berlin, even with their injuries they will be none the weaker.

“There is no need to talk up England, because they are strong enough as they are.

“All of their players play in the Premier League and are used to playing at a high standard.”

Germany have a few injury casualties missing in key defender Philipp Lahm and captain Michael Ballack, while veteran midfielder Torsten Frings has been left out to blood new players.

Loew reported Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger took a knock to the shin playing in the Bundesliga last weekend, but the Germany play-maker is expected to be fit to face the English.

The German coach has called up three new caps in Hoffenheim pair Marvin Compper and Tobias Weis as well as Wolfsburg’s Marcel Schaefer, but Loew refused to say which of them will start.

“It is no accident they are in the squad,” said Loew.

“We have watched them and the way they play is exactly what we want in the team.

“They bring along all the necessary physical dynamics and can also shine as players, all three have a good chance of playing.”

With defenders Lahm, Marcell Jansen und Christian Pander all injured, Schaefer has the best chance of starting and with his strong left-foot would slot in at left back.

It will be the 31st duel between die Mannschaft and the Three Lions, but England are one of a handful of sides who have won more games against Germany than they have lost.

The English have won 14 matches, while Germany have been victors on only 10 occasions and the other matches ended in a draw.

Loew’s side won the last encounter in at new Wembley in August 2007 when goals from Kevin Kuranyi and Christian Pander sealed a 2-1 win.

“We had similar injury problems then to what England have now and although we were not tipped to win at Wembley, we managed to ruin England’s party at the new stadium,” said Loew.

“And they are more than capable of doing the same thing to us this time.”

But Kuranyi will not feature in this game – or any other future Germany matches – having walked out on the team last month and Loew repeated his pledge the striker will never play for his country again.

Kuranyi walked out at half-time during Germany’s 2-1 win over Russia in a World Cup qualifier last month having watched the first half from the stands.

“He kept us waiting for an hour and that was humiliating, I said at the time it was curtains for Kevin’s future involvement and I stand behind that decision,” added Loew. – AFP/de

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