Low: I can fill every position twice
Germany coach Joachim Low will continue to look for new talent after seeing his team close in on qualification for UEFA EURO 2012. Die Nationalelf made it maximum points from seven Group A matches with a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan in Baku.
Low was pleased with the result but has set his focus on finalising his squad for the European finals in Poland and Ukraine. "I'm very satisfied," he said. "We have 21 points and are 98 per cent qualified for the European Championship."
Low wants to create competition for places as he continues to assess his options during friendly matches and training. "I hope that it will be difficult to select the team," he added, suggesting that experimentation with young players could take place during the remaining qualifiers.
"I can try to see, for example, in Turkey or against Belgium and Austria, how the young players cope in a competitive match. We had a young team at the World Cup, but now we have more young players, and the goal is to continue like this.
"I have many alternatives, the availability of good players is much greater than when I took office. Now we can fill every position twice."
Germany all but assured their place at EURO 2012 after maintaining their perfect record with the comfortable win in Baku.
Azerbaijan started the game well but goals by Mesut Ozil and Mario Gomez gave Low's side a clear lead. Murad Huseynov pulled one back with a minute to go but Andre Schurrle restored the two-goal advantage in injury time.
The result all but confirms Germany's participation in next year's finals, as they moved 11 points clear of third-placed Turkey, who have four games to play and are the only other side who can still top the section.