Topic number one in Germany right now is not an political issue nor an economic one. After German international Sami Khedira of Real Madrid suffered a knee injury in Germany’s test match against Italy, discussions about Khedira’s replacement in the defensive midfield are heating up.
Philipp Lahm, whose versatile playing skills are embraced by Pep Guardiola in Bayern Munich, might be a long time nominee, but not for the England - Germany clash. Lahm alongside goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and Arsenal starlet Mesut Ozil were allowed to fly home. They are no longer with the team. Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund is another player capable for this role but he is also injured.
The German sports magazine kicker wrote that according to their analyses of German training sessions, Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund’s and Manchester United target Sven Bender will orchestrate the middle of the field. Sven Bender already did that right after Khedira’s injury against Italy.
Sidney Sam of Bayern Leverkusen, Julian Draxler of FC Schalke, Max Kruse of Borussia Monchengladbach and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund are likely to start for Germany delivering the offensive fire power according to kicker.
On the defensive side of the ball England will face some changes: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker will quite likely play alongside Jerome Boateng, Marcel Schmelzer and Mats Hummels.
Another interesting side note: Borussia Dortmund’s 33-year-old goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will make his debut and will enter the history books as the oldest German international goalkeeper novice. Jogi Low said recently that he will 'definitely play'.
Weidenfeller said that a dream will come true. About training with the national team he commented: 'I was very pleased. And of course I was curious.'
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