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    Germany coach Joachim Loew made six new call-ups for the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, opting to leave established internationals Marco Reus and Mario Gomez out.

    But it still leaves first up opponents Australia with plenty to fear.

    Loew, who said he was bringing a “perspective squad” to Russia for the June 17-July 2 tournament, nominated Borussia Moenchengladbach captain Lars Stindl, Hertha Berlin defender Marvin Plattenhardt, Ajax winger Amin Younes, Leipzig midfielder Diego Demme and Hoffenheim players Kerem Demirbay and Sandro Wagner, the latter earning his first call-up at 29.

    “Sandro Wagner has his own way and means of playing,” Loew said of the forward whose 11 goals helped Hoffenheim reach at least the Champions League playoffs this season.

    Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has yet to play for Germany, was also called up again.

    Only three members of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad – Matthias Ginter, Julian Draxler and Shkodran Mustafi – were included, with Loew opting to give many players a break with the main focus on defending the title next year.

    “I see the toll that there is on our players, playing every three or four days,” said Loew, who said the demands of modern soccer risked shortening players’ careers.

    Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mesut Ozil are all being given a break, as well as Reus, who has had to contend with injuries.

    Reus missed both the World Cup in 2014 and European Championship last year because of injury, strengthening his resolve to be fit for the next World Cup.

    Injury has also ruled out captain Manuel Neuer (broken foot), Mario Goetze (metabolic disturbances), Ilkay Gundogan (cruciate ligament), Julian Weigl (broken ankle) and Benedikt Hoewedes (pending groin operation).

    Asked if he was in favour of the Confederations Cup, a World Cup rehearsal with eight teams, Loew replied: “If there was no Confed Cup in 2021, I wouldn’t be unhappy, and I don’t think those involved would be unhappy either.”

    Loew stressed, however, that Germany will be “as well-prepared for this tournament as if it were a World Cup or European Championship.”

    Germany opens their campaign against Australia in Sochi on June 19, before games against Chile and Cameroon in Group B.

    Germany squad:

    Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

    Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Roma), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Niklas Suele (Hoffenheim)

    Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Emre Can (Liverpool), Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim), Diego Demme (Leipzig), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Lars Stindl (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Amin Younes (Ajax Amsterdam)

    Forwards: Timo Werner (Leipzig), Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Leroy Sane (Manchester City).

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    • Roar Guru

      May 18th 2017 @ 7:04am
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | May 18th 2017 @ 7:04am | ! Report

      Do we have an inidication as to when the Socceroo squad for the World Cup Qualifier & Confederation’s Cup will be announced? I would assume that any A-League players would want to know ASAP so they can ensure their fitness is maintained, or conversely relax a little.

      • May 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm
        JF said | May 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

        A 30 man squad is to be announced on Monday.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 8:58am
      Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | May 18th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

      I can’t wait for this match up; there will be no better test for Australian football against the current world champions.

      • May 18th 2017 @ 5:46pm
        frany said | May 18th 2017 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

        Oh don’t fool yourself. This comp doesn’t mean anything to the Germans. It’s just practice for them. Nobody in Europe cares about this tournament.

        • May 19th 2017 @ 8:26am
          Chris said | May 19th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

          Oh good. Here’s hoping the Socceroos win the tournament then.

    • May 19th 2017 @ 9:11am
      Dan said | May 19th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      What’s everyone’s expectations for the tournament?

      • Roar Pro

        May 20th 2017 @ 2:21pm
        David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

        It’s really hard to have any expectations for now as we are not sure what players will be playing and who will be taking it seriously. I expect we will have a real crack at it with the new modern formation and other than that, I have no idea!

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