Klose to lead Germany’s attack against Australia
Miroslav Klose will lead Germany’s attack in the World Cup match
against Australia at Moses Mabidha Stadium on Sunday.
Klose has scored 10 goals in World Cup finals but he has had a
difficult season with Bayern Munich. Still, coach Joachim Loew went
with his veteran.
Australia left Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy out of their
starting lineup and will go into the Group D game without a
recognized striker. Tim Cahill and Richard Garcia will take over
attacking duties, while Carl Valeri starts instead of Mark
Australia coach Pim Verbeek has made several surprise
selections. He left Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy out of the
starting lineup and goes into the game without a recognized
striker. Tim Cahill and Richard Garcia will take over attacking
duties, while defensive midfielder Carl Valeri starts instead of
Loew also picked two Bayern Munich newcomers, defender Holger
Badstuber and midfielder Thomas Mueller, who both have only two
games for Germany, both tuneups ahead of the World Cup. Germany has
arrived with the second youngest team in its World Cup history,
with an average age of just under 25.
Cahill usually plays as an attacking midfielder but has been
used as a striker for English club Everton, while Garcia is usually
deployed as a winger. Kewell has been struggling with a groin
injury but was named on the bench.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Per
Mertesacker, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami
Khedira, Mesut Oezil, Thomas Mueller, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav
Australia: Mark Schwarzer; Luke Wilkshire, Craig Moore, Lucas
Neill, Scott Chipperfield, Brett Emerton, Jason Culina, Vince
Grella, Carl Valeri, Tim Cahill, Richard Garcia.