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

Bresciano.

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

Mark Bresciano.

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.

Lineups:

Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Per

Mertesacker, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami

Khedira, Mesut Oezil, Thomas Mueller, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav

Klose.

Australia: Mark Schwarzer; Luke Wilkshire, Craig Moore, Lucas

Neill, Scott Chipperfield, Brett Emerton, Jason Culina, Vince

Grella, Carl Valeri, Tim Cahill, Richard Garcia.