Germans cry 'farce', with Ozil, Podolski set to miss World Cup warm-up match

Andre Schurrle & Mesut Ozil

Arsenal stars' FA Cup involvement will mean Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski will miss Germany's first World Cup warm-up match, and they won't be the only ones.

Germany head into this summer's World Cup with a real feeling of confidence, hoping to win the tournament for the first time since 1990.

They have a squad as talented as any other time since then, littered with expensive stars, and so you would expect their preparations to be typically German, very efficient.

It's not quite looking that when you consider the situation surrounding their first warm-up match, which is scheduled to take place against Poland on Tuesday May 13.

There's one big problem with the timing - most of their first choice players will be unavailable to play.

Arsenal trio Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are three of them, thanks to their FA Cup Final involvement on May 17. While on the opposing side Poland's first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will not be featuring either.

But they are not the only ones.

The German Cup Final takes place on May 18, between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The chances of either side releasing the likes of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller et al, for an friendly fixture ahead of the grudge-match cup final, are nil. Robert Lewandowski would also be looking at missing out for Poland.

And that same weekend the Serie A and La Liga seasons comes to a close, meaning Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose will not be around either, along too with Sami Khedira should he continue his positive fitness recovery at Real Madrid.

If Chelsea make the Champions League Final a week later, don't expect Andre Schurrle to be joining up with the squad either.

With as many as 18 first choice stars expected to be unavailable, the game will effectively be a B team game, but allow many fringe player the chance to stake a late World Cup claim.

German website Sport1 write on the homepage of their website: "The test of the German national team against Poland is a farce."

It could unearth a gem, but with Poland also missing key players, the value of the fixture is certainly looking questionable.

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