Football

Eric Durm in line for Germany debut

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

22 year old, Erik Durm, will be given his first International start for Germany when they take on Cameroon in a friendly. 

According to BT Sport, Joachim Löw will experiment with his squad in the upcoming friendlies against Cameroon and Armenia as they prepare for their first World Cup game in two weeks in Salvador against Portugal. 

The Borussia Dortmund defender has impressed the manager with his work rate in their 10 day training camp in South Tyrol. 

This is just one of a number of changes that the manager has chosen to make. Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm will both miss the first friendly as they travel to Munich for treatment on injuries and they will be joined by Bastian Schweinsteiger as he too will not feature on Sunday. 

Lahm, who has been playing for much of the season in central midfielder for Bayern Munich, is likely to be replaced by Sami Khedira. This will be the first time that the Real Madrid midfielder has played for his country since he severely injured his knee back in November in a friendly against Italy - causing him to miss over half of this season. 

Despite his lack of football this year, Löw feels he is ready to make his return and believes he will play a pivotal role in this World Cup campaign. 

"I said back in March that Sami is a player I would wait a very long time for," Löw said. 

"He is a leader in this team because he has character and charisma - not just on the field, but off it he also plays an important role.

"We've always been able to rely on him over the years and his training work has been incredible.

For Khedira this will be a very important match if he wants to try and secure a place in Löw's starting XI in two weeks' time. He will have to show that he can play a large proportion of the match and show no signs of fear or weakness in his movement or challenges. His fitness will be Löw's biggest concern as every player has to work twice as hard in order to cope with the warm climate in Brazil. 

The 27-year-old has 44 caps already for his country and was a regular feature before his injury. Luckily there have only been three games since that injury in November and he already has experience playing at the World Cup in 2010. It will ultimately come down to whether Löw decides to move his captain Lahm into midfield or not since this is a position he has adapted to for his club. 

After much speculation, Weidenfeller will make his second appearance for Germany against Cameroon with Neuer unavailable. If the Dortmund keeper is able to keep another clean sheet then there is nothing else he can do to prove he is ready to start in Brazil. Neuer's fitness will come into question just before the first game. 

It is unlikely that Julian Draxler will start in this friendly as his form hasn't been as strong as others and he may have been effected by the shock he felt when he was involved in the team's driving event accident on Tuesday. This could open the door to Christoph Kramer who got his first cap in their last friendly against Poland. 

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
World Cup
Germany Football
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again