Low to call on youngsters
Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that Mainz youngsters Andre Schurrle and Lewis Holtby will be part of his squad for a friendly match with Sweden next week, as will Borussia Dortmund trio Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels and Kevin Grosskreutz.
Low will name his squad tomorrow for the international friendly, which takes place in Gothenburg next Wednesday, and he has already made it clear that he will be using the game for experimentation. That means possible debuts for the likes of Schurrle, Holtby and Gotze, who have impressed in their sides' remarkable starts to the Bundesliga season.
"They are definitely going to be included," Low told Bild. "All of them have played really, really well this season over a long period of time. I can imagine them making the step up to the very highest level internationally."
Low is expected to leave out most of the Bayern Munich contingent of players, while the majority of his FIFA World Cup squad should be given a break as he instead focuses on those players who could come into the frame ahead of
Next week's game is therefore going to be an experiment in which Low plans to give every single player in his squad a slice of the action. "That is the plan," he added. "During the course of the game, those who don't start will come on."
And if Low were to be impressed by any of his debutants, he says he would have no qualms about selecting them again for the EURO 2012 qualifiers in March. "The argument that you need to have two or three years of experience performing consistently well before you can be called into the national team do not apply with me," he said.
"If I have the feeling that a player fits in with our philosophy, then I will call him up. That can happen even after a matter of weeks. Age does not come into it."