Emre Can Called Up to Germany's Confederations Cup Squad
- Author: Stacy Allen May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 4:42
The competition, a prelude to next summer's World Cup, gets underway on June 17.
Three Premier League players- Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, Liverpool's Emre Can and Man City's Leroy Sane- will travel with the squad ahead of the first game, against Australia, on 19 June.
With the 2014 World Cup winners Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Benedikt Howedes all rested or unavailable for selection, Joachim Low faced a selection dilemma.
Germany come into the tournament in the status of the current world champion, but the Champions of Russian Federation will play only two of the defender, Matthias Ginter and Shkodran Mustafi, who scored against the national team of Ukraine for Euro 2016.
As well as Russian Federation and Germany; the teams involved this time around are Portugal [UEFA], New Zealand [OFC], Mexico [CONCACAF], Chile [CONMEBOL], Cameroon [CAF] and Australia [AFC].
While it might not be a particularly experienced Germany squad we know better than to write them off when it comes to tournaments.
"I probably wouldn't be sad if it didn't take place in 2021", said Loew, 57, admitting he is not a fan of the eight-team Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament held one year before the World Cup.
To prepare his biggest stars for a long 2017/18 campaign, which ends with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Low made a decision to give several players an extended holiday.
Hoffenheim playmaker Kerem Demirbay, 23-year-old Ajax Amsterdam winger Amin Younes and RB Leipzig's Diego Demme are among the newcomers.
"There has been a lot of talk about the use of the Confederations Cup, but the fact remains it is on the calendar", Low said at a news conference.
"The Confed Cup is a stopover where we will gain experience". It is the biggest tournament and our aim to be world champions is something that is forever. Therefore, we will be just as well prepared as for a European Championship or a World Cup.
The Germany boss hopes Federation Internationale de Football Association scraps plans for the 2021 Confederations Cup in Qatar.