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Only eyes for Schurrle? Will Jogi Low ditch Draxler again?

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Chelsea’s attacker is highly regarded by Low. It seems that he will ditch Julian Draxler in favour of Schurrle in tonight’s game against Sweden.

Team Draxler was already in party mood after German international manager Joachim Low made the call to promote the young gun to the senior squad in May of 2012. But it’s still a long way. Draxler could have gone nuts after he was called for the latest qualifiers, too.

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With Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Dortmund’s Marco Reuss both injured, Draxler could have hoped to get the nod in favour of Andre Schurrle.

To reminisce: Schurrle almost played his way out of the squad… Low told him this summer, after returning no goal in two years, that he has to improve.

Obviously he did. Moving to London and getting coached by Mourinho has helped Schurrle a lot. His goal last Friday after a pass by Munich’s Toni Kroos was a piece of art: snatching the ball out of the air, performing an elegant spin move and scoring was, however, just the tip of the Schurrle-iceberg.

German football magazine kicker wrote about his performance: Schurrle destroyed the Irish with his quick dibbling. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German national daily, thought that Schurrle made an important step towards going to Brazil.

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And Draxler? He might have to wait.

It might be a strange move to ditch the dynamic Draxler in favour of the £7m cheaper Schurrle, but Low likes Schurrle’s versatility and his experience more.

Reportedly it is most likely that Low wants to see other players on the pitch than the Chelsea and Arsenal target who had some injury problems lately.

It can be taken for granted that vice captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will take the field for the 100th time next to Toni Kroos, who had a splendid game against Ireland. Sami Khedira is benched due to a yellow card suspension.

Arsenal’s Ozil will be playing his famous ten-position and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse will take the field as a striker. It could be the case that Kruse, who played second division last year, will substitute with Mario Gotze. But as usual Jogi Low will wait with the confirmed line up till right before the game.

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