Joacquim lays them Low

March 21, 2017

GARETH SOUTHGATE has been given a boost after Joachim Low confirmed Germany will be without THREE star players tomorrow.

German boss Low revealed Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez will not feature in the friendly against England.

Mesut Ozil will be missing for Germany when the take on England tomorrow

Mesut Ozil will be missing for Germany when the take on England tomorrow
But Low – who has already seen keeper Manuel Neuer withdraw from the squad – did not say whether the attacking threesome would be ready for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

He said: “Neuer is injured, Ozil has muscular problems, Draxler has a slight muscular problem. Gomez also has a slight injury.

“They won’t play.”

Arsenal star Ozil is still struggling with a hamstring problem that kept him out of the Gunners side that lost 3-1 to West Brom last week.

Julian Draxler has picked up a knock and has been ruled out of tomorrow's clash

Julian Draxler has picked up a knock and has been ruled out of tomorrow’s clash
Mario Gomez will not play tomorrow but could be fit to face Azerbaijan on Sunday

Mario Gomez will not play tomorrow but could be fit to face Azerbaijan on Sunday

PSG midfielder Draxler also misses out with a small hamstring problem whileWolfsburg hitman Gomez  is recovering from a groin injury.

But Low is sure his German side is strong enough to make sure there is not a repeat of their last clash with England.

The Germans surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in a Euro 2016 warm-up game and Low is still wary of the Three Lions counter-attacking ability.

Joachim Low with Lukas Podolski, who will play his last game for Germany tomorrow

Joachim Low with Lukas Podolski, who will play his last game for Germany tomorrow

Low added: “England are in flux.

“They now look for more of a possession game. They have very good players, good on the counter.”

Lukas Podolski – who will play his final international match at Signal Iduna Park – added: “I don’t know what the difference is between Germany and England.

“We have had a great coach for the past 10 years. We started on a path in 2004.

“Club football is very strong in England, they have a lot of good young individual players.”

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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