Low says every player will get equal chance for WC spot

Germany manager Joachim Low says every player in his provisional World Cup squad will be afforded equal opportunity to make the final team for the tournament.

The 58-year-old called up 27 players to join his initial squad although currently, Die Mannschaft are not yet up to a full contingent, with some players arriving later from club commitments while Jerome Boateng is receiving treatment with Bayern Munich team doctors for a muscle injury.

Nonetheless, the reigning World Champions are beginning to step up preparations for the global showpiece in Russia and will play Austria and Saudi Arabia in friendly games on June 2 and 8 respectively.

As such, Löw has outlined how his team are gearing up at the camp in South Tyrol. He told reporters: “There are currently 19 players here, 16 outfield players and three goalkeepers. I talked to almost every player last week.

“For the players who were still on club duty last weekend I made the offer that they could arrive two days later. Most players have made use of it. Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler wanted to arrive on Wednesday with the other players.

“The first two or three days are all about individuality. Now our task is to bring the individual players, who had different loads in recent weeks, to a consistent level. Saturday or Sunday I plan to join the team tactical training.

“At the end, we’ll sit down and talk about it. We didn’t tell anyone that he’s only here on probation. Everyone should have equal opportunities; we don’t want to unsettle anyone. We have to wait as it shows in the past that injuries can happen.

“On Monday and Wednesday, we plan to play against the U20 team. In a World Cup training camp like this, every player with have unbelievable motivation and wants to prove that he can belong. The decision will be made shortly before the end of our allowed time.”