Germany head coach Joachim Low has choices to make for next year’s World Cup after his second-string team defeated Chile in the Confederations Cup final.
Lars Stindl’s goal saw the reigning world champions beat Chile 1-0 in Sunday’s final in St. Petersburg, but it will likely be a very different squad that arrives in Russia for next year’s World Cup.
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Low’s squad for the warm-up tournament excluded many of the country's finest players like Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Sami Khedira, and Thomas Muller.
In the absence of more experienced stars, younger players like Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka, and Julian Draxler were still able to lift the trophy, leaving Low with some tough decisions to make when naming his final squad.
"We could say that now we have to think about which of the players we left at home we can still add to this team next year," Low said in jest after the final.
"Seriously though, we have created alternatives, by giving young players experience in such games as has happened here.
"Winning here and at the European U21 Championship does not guarantee the World Cup next year. Germany always belong to the favourites and we will be capable of handling that."