Berlin - Germany coach Joachim Loew is aiming to blood some
younger players at next year's Confederations Cup with an eye on defending the
World Cup in 2018.
"I would like to use the Confederations Cup as a
tournament based on the future," said Loew, hinting that some of his
senior players would be rested for the competition.
"For the Confederations Cup, not all our players will
be available. That's why I see that tournament based on the future, one in
which I'll be able to bring in young players."
Loew has already brought in three inexperienced players who
lost to Brazil on penalties in the final of the Rio Olympics for Wednesday's
friendly against Finland and World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo on
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Attacking midfielders Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) and
Max Meyer (Schalke 04), and Hoffenheim defender Niklas Suele "will
definitely have the chance of playing Wednesday", Loew said.
The Moenchengladbach run-out against the Finns will be
Manchester United reject Bastian Schweinsteiger's 121st -- and final --
appearance for die Mannschaft.
For his swansong, Schweinsteiger will captain the side
against Finland, Loew saying he would name his captain for Norway on Thursday,
goalkeeper Manuel Neuer having worn the skipper's armband during the European
"I want to first speak with the team, I want to
announce it to them," he said.
"I've already made my decision. I'll tell you it after
the match against Finland."For
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