Austria’s Arnautovic overlooked
Austria coach Dietmar Constantini has overlooked striker Marko
Arnautovic for next month’s 2012 European Championship qualifier
against Germany and the friendly game against Latvia.
The Werder Bremen winger, who is Austria’s leading scorer in
qualifying with three goals, was left out of the 23-man squad
announced Thursday by Constantini.
”It’s not good when a player has so much potential but does not
deliver,” Constantini said.
Arnautovic has been firmly criticized for lackluster
performances against Turkey and Belgium in March. Austria lost both
matches 2-0 to leave itself with only a slim chance to reach next
year’s finals tournament.
Also missing from the squad were goalkeeper Jurgen Macho because
of a torn left thigh muscle and striker Stefan Maierhofer, who is
recovering from a broken right foot.
Four players got their first call-up, including goalkeeper
Hans-Peter Berger, defender Thomas Schrammel and midfielders Daniel
Royer and Manuel Weber.
Austria plays Germany in a Group A qualifying match in Vienna on
June 3 before taking on Latvia in Graz four days later.
Austria has seven points from five matches, while Germany leads
the group with the maximum 15 out of five. The finals tournament
takes place in Poland and Ukraine in June and July next year.
Goalkeepers: Helge Payer (Rapid Vienna), Christian Gratzei
(Sturm Graz), Hans-Peter Berger (Admira).
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Basel), Manuel Ortlechner
(Austria Vienna), Emanuel Pogatetz (Hannover), Thomas Schrammel
(Ried), Ekrem Dag (Besiktas), Christian Fuchs (Mainz), Florian
Klein (Austria Vienna).
Midfielders: Paul Scharner (West Bromwich Albion), David Alaba
(Hoffenheim), Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria Vienna), Andreas
Hoelzl (Sturm Graz), Zlatko Junuzovic (Austria Vienna), Stefan
Kulovits (Rapid Vienna), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Daniel Royer
(Ried), Manuel Weber (Sturm Graz).
Forwards: Erwin Hoffer (Kaiserslautern), Marc Janko (FC Twente),
Roman Kienast (Sturm Graz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart).