German head coach Joachim Loew has named his starting XI for Friday’s World Cup qualifying clash with the Republic of Ireland.
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Loew says he expects Germany to improve on their post-Euro 2012 form, saying, “We have a better rhythm than at the beginning of season when we played Argentina in a friendly and against the Faroes and Austria.”
“Against Austria we lacked order, composure and tactical discipline. We have looked at this in our theoretical units and on the training pitch this week. We have had very good training sessions with the players.”
Borussia Dortmund pair Marcel Schmelzer and Heiko Westermann will replace Philip Lahm and Mats Hummels who are out through injury.
Probable German starting XI v Ireland (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Schmelzer, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Boateng; Schweinsteiger Khedira; Müller, Özil, Reus; Klose.