Stefan Kiessling misses out on Germany
Stefan Kiessling has failed to make the 22-man squad for Germany’s final World Cup qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Sweden as Joachim Loew opted for just one striker.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse is the only forward selected as Loew refrained from making any surprise call-ups for the remaining games of the campaign.
The Germany coach recently said he would speak to Bayer Leverkusen striker Kiessling -- who in August ruled out playing for the national side while Loew was in charge -- following injuries to Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose.
However, Kiessling, 29, has not been included as Loew wants to test out other players for the position in the remaining games, with Germany’s place in Brazil all but certain.
“It wouldn’t do him justice to call him up and then send him away again,” Loew added in an interview on the DFB website. “He has scored many goals and is nearly 30 years old. That’s why we have agreed that he will be available if needed. That’s pure class.”
Bayern Munich duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze are set to return to the team after injuries ruled them out of the previous qualifiers. Schweinsteiger, who has not played for Germany since mid-March, could win his 100th cap in the final qualifier against Sweden.
“With his leadership qualities, Bastian is a very important player for us,” Loew said on the official DFB website. “Mario is returning from a longer break and he needs playing time and also needs to find his rhythm. I am delighted to have both of them back on board.”
Earlier this week, Loew met up with Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp to end an ongoing controversy between the club and the DFB, and there was speculation that it could lead to a call-up for BVB goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.
Loew, however, decided against selecting the 33-year-old, instead naming Hamburg’s Rene Adler and Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler as Manuel Neuer’s back-ups.
Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen is set to replace the injured Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer, while BVB midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski are also unable to join up with the squad.
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Hamburg), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover )
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger ), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders : Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Attack: Max Kruse (Borussia Moenchengladbach)