Mesut Özil will not face England

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil will not feature in the friendly encounter with England on Tuesday as Germany manager Joachim Löw looks to provide less tested players with the opportunity to stake a claim for the World Cup squad.

Özil had been a doubt for Friday's match with Italy following an illness, but made played for 30 minutes in the 1-1 draw, and will now be rested alongside some other prominent figures from the squad.

Along with the Arsenal star, Germany captain Philipp Lahm and first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer have also been withdrawn from the squad to face England, as explained by Löw following the clash with Italy.

"The game against England is the last chance to test tactics and personnel before the World Cup," the Germany coach explained.

"Lahm, Neuer and Ozil are the absolute core, for me it's important to give other players in key positions a chance to prove themselves against a great team like England."

News of Özil's omission will arrive as positive news for Arsenal ahead of next weekend's meeting with Southampton, given the 25-year-old's exertions in recent weeks.

Özil looked tired as Arsenal fell to defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday, and Arsene Wenger will surely be relieved that his €50 million signing will be afforded an extra period of rest.

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