Andre Schuerrle has denied suggesting Wayne Rooney would not get in the Germany side ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with England at Wembley.
Manchester United star Rooney was instrumental for England during their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, but Schuerrle appeared to suggest that -- were he German -- he might struggle to break into Joachim Loew's starting XI.
"Rooney is a great player, but we have good quality too, in every position, and maybe twice, so I don't know if he would play," the Chelsea forward was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
Schuerrle later insisted that he had no intention of implying Rooney was not good enough for Germany.
"That’s not what I meant to say, that Rooney won’t play here," he told Sky Sports News. "He’s a great player, everyone knows he’s a world-class player. The interview -- I don’t know which paper it was -- is not correct."
Germany boss Loew offered a diplomatic response when asked about the quality of players available to Roy Hodgson.
"England is a great football nation. They can choose great players," Loew said. "There are many names I could name, talented young players I would like to select, but I prefer not to name individuals.
"They have in Roy Hodgson an excellent teacher of tactics, a great coach. Yeah, they have a great team, that's for sure."
Germany will field an experimental side at Wembley, with Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer all allowed to return to their clubs.
"The England game is our last chance before the World Cup to try out one or two new tactical variations and personnel," Loew said.
"Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil are part of the absolute backbone of our team and for me, it is more important now to give other players a chance to prove themselves in these key positions, particularly against such a strong team as England."