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German politicians question Klinsmann's methods

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann should be summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain his training methods before the World Cup, several politicians said on Saturday.

After Germany's shock 4-1 friendly defeat by Italy, members of parliament from the ruling Christian Democrats and Social Democrats told Bild daily that Klinsmann should answer questions about the team's fitness for the World Cup.

'It would be good if Herr Klinsmann would come before the sport committee and explain what his concept is and how Germany can win the World Cup,' said Norbert Barthle, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU.

'The match against Italy was gruesome and we wonder that can be fixed by the summer. The federal government is the biggest sponsor of the World Cup. In light of that, I'd like to get a few answers from him.'

Germany is hosting the World Cup that starts on June 9 in Munich.

'I'd like to hear from Juergen Klinsmann how he plans to create a secure foundation for the team,' said Reinhold Hemker, a SPD deputy on the sport committee. 'Klinsmann has good players but there are too many uncertainties. He should start saying clearly who he is counting on.'

Miriam Gruss, a member of the opposition Free Democrats on the panel, also demanded answers from Klinsmann.

'The World Cup is of national interest,' she said. 'He should stop experimenting and inform the sport committee of his plans. It's not just a question of whether a team plays poorly. It's the larger question: how is the team presenting itself?'