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Joachim Loew called up Liverpool
midfielder Emre Can yesterday for
the upcoming European Champi-
onship qualifying matches against
Poland and Scotland.
Can is now in line to earn his Ger-
many debut against Poland next Fri-
day in Frankfurt or against Scotland
in Glasgow three days later.
"Can is a versatile player who has
developed well at Liverpool," Loew
Can was listed as a defender in
Loew's squad but usually plays in
The World Cup champion recalled
backup goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter
Stegen of Barcelona, Hoffenheim's
striker Kevin Volland and defender
Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dort-
Sami Khedira, Benedikt Hoewedes,
Erik Durm and Antonio Ruediger
are out with injuries.
Germany is second in Group D,
one point behind Poland and one
point ahead of Scotland.
Loew also dropped backup goal-
keeper Roman Weidenfeller, who
was a member of the World Cup
Weidenfeller has also lost his place
as starting goalkeeper for Borussia
Dortmund and Loew has decided to
go with younger goalkeepers. (AP)
Schalke 3-0 in Bundesliga
found out there is life after
Kevin de Bruyne, beating
Schalke 3-0 in a showdown
between two highly rated Bun-
desliga teams yesterday.
De Bruyne is set to leave
Wolfsburg for Manchester City
in a blockbuster deal and was
not in the squad, watching the
match from the stands.
Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs
said before the match that "only
a few small things" remain to be
settled before the transfer can
be completed, but also added
that "everything is possible"
before the Monday deadline for
any moves. Also watching from
the stands was forward Ivan
Perisic, who has raised the inter-
est of Inter Milan. "We showed
we can play good football even
without them," Allofs said.
"When you beat Schalke 3-0,
it's a good response."
Bas Dost opened the scoring
for Wolfsburg, while Ricardo
Rodriguez converted a penalty
and Timm Klose completed the
win in the second half. De
Bruyne was Bundesliga's player
of the season and his transfer is
reportedly worth 75 million euros
"We have to win without them
too," Wolfsburg coach Dieter
Hecking said of de Bruyne and
Perisic. "We wanted a good start
(to the season) and now we have
seven points, so it was important
for us to win.
We were disciplined for 90
minutes." Dost scored in the 17th
minute, volleying in a good cross
from Christian Traesch.
Wolfsburg earned the penalty
when Sead Kolasinac fouled Luiz
Gustavo and Rodriguez converted
in the 59th.
Rodriguez set up the third goal
two minutes later with a low
corner that Klose diverted into
the net from the near post.
Schalke now has four points
from three matches. (AP)
South Korea forward Son
Heung-min joins Tottenham
LONDON---South Korea for-
ward Son Heung-Min has
joined Tottenham from Bayer
Leverkusen on a five-year deal.
Tottenham announced the
transfer yesterday, with British
media reporting the club has
paid about 18 million pounds
($27.7 million) for Son. The move
is subject to Son obtaining a
work permit and international
The 23-year-old Son has
spent his professional career in
Germany, making his debut for
Hamburg in 2010 and then join-
ing Leverkusen in 2013.
Son has scored 10 or more
goals in the Bundesliga in each
of the past three seasons.
Spurs are rebuilding their
strike force, after buying Clinton
Njie and selling Roberto Soldado
this summer. Another striker,
Emmanuel Adebayor, doesn't
appear to be part of manager
Mauricio Pochettino's plans.
Villarreal tops Espanyol 3-1
Cedric Bakambu scored two
late goals to give Villarreal a
3-1 win over Espanyol yester-
day in the Spanish league.
Bakambu put the hosts ahead
in the 87th minute and then
netted again in injury time to
complete a come-from-behind
victory at El Madrigal stadium.
Felipe Caicedo had put Espanyol
ahead in the sixth minute after
Villarreal turned the ball over
near the halfway line. But
Roberto Soldado---who joined
from Tottenham in the offseason
---equalised with a volley in the
67th and then set up both goals
for Bakambu, who had come
one as a substitute.
The win gives Villarreal four
points from the opening two
games, while Espanyol remained
on three. (AP)
scores his side's
third goal during
FC Schalke 04 in
3-0. AP PHOTO
MADRID---Spain coach Vicente del
Bosque yesterday included goal-
keeper David de Gea, Diego Costa
and Juan Mata in his squad to take
on Slovakia and Macedonia in qual-
ifying matches for next year s Euro-
Del Bosque called up De Gea even
though he has not played for Man-
chester United so far this season
amid speculation over a possible
move to Real Madrid. Former Madrid
keeper Iker Casillas is also included
in the squad.
"It's true he hasn't been in official
competitions, which is a require-
ment, but we are in the early part
of the season," Del Bosque said of
De Gea's inclusion, explaining that
the player has trained and is ready
Del Bosque said he expected De
Gea's club situation was only "tem-
porary" and would be resolved by
September 1, when the transfer win-
dow will have closed.
"He is a goalkeeper that, like
Casillas, we think will defend Spain's
goal for many years." United coach
Louis van Gaal has sidelined the 24-
year-old, saying the speculation may
have unsettled him.
Costa is in attack alongside his
new Chelsea teammate Pedro
Rodriguez, while Mata is in the mid-
The coach said Costa had recov-
ered from injuries that have pre-
vented him from finding his form
within Del Bosque's squad after he
chose to play for Spain rather than
his native Brazil.
Del Bosque said it was crucial to
get six points from the two matches.
Spain, which is aiming for a third
consecutive European crown in
France next year, hosts Slovakia in
Oviedo on September 5 and travels
to Skopje to meet Macedonia three
Del Bosque said competition for
places was intense and although he
had not selected Bayern midfielder
Thiago Alcantara, he described him
as an exciting player.
"We are confident that he is our
future," he said.
Spain is second in Group C after
six matches, three points behind
leader Slovakia, who beat Del
Bosque's team 2-1 in October. Third-
place Ukraine lags Spain by three
Spain coach calls up David
de Gea for Euro qualifiers
LISBON---Miguel Veloso earned his
first call-up in a year as Portugal
coach Fernando Santos announced
his 24-man squad for an exhibition
game against France and a Euro-
pean Championship qualifying
match in Albania.
The Dynamo Kiev midfielder was
included yesterday alongside full-
back Raphael Guerreiro, who has yet
to make his first full international
Portugal's midfield will be weak-
ened by the absence of injured reg-
ular William Carvalho, and play-
maker Joao Moutinho is still in
doubt, but central defender Pepe is
fit again after missing the last qual-
The Portuguese meet France, the
Euro 2016 host, on September 4 and
play in Albania three days later.
Portugal leads Group I with 12
points, two ahead of Denmark and
Albania. Cristiano Ronaldo's team
lost 1-0 to Albania at home a year
Midfielder Veloso back for
Portugal against France, Albania
THE HAGUE---Arjen Robben
replaced striker Robin van Persie
as captain of the Netherlands yes-
terday in Danny Blind s first squad
since taking over from Guus Hid-
dink as national coach.
Blind said he needs a captain with
more on-field presence as his team
heads into two crucial European
Championship qualifiers against
Group A leader Iceland and Turkey.
"It's a great honour that the coach
asked me to captain Oranje," Robben
said in a written statement.
Robben was the undisputed star
of the Dutch team that reached the
semifinals of last year's World Cup
in Brazil, but the Bayern Munich
winger has struggled with injuries
for much of the Euro 2016 qualifying
Van Persie, the Netherlands' all-
time top scorer with 49 goals in 98
internationals, said he respected
Blind's decision and accepted the
role of vice-captain.
Blind, who replaced Hiddink last
month after the veteran trainer's
contract was terminated following
a disappointing start to the Nether-
lands' qualification campaign, gave
two teenage Ajax defenders, Jairo
Riedewald and Kenny Tete, debuts
in the national squad.
The youngsters have featured
prominently in their club's strong
start to the new season.
Ajax has three wins from three
matches in the Eredivisie and has
yet to concede a league goal.
The Netherlands is third in qual-
ifying Group A, five points adrift of
Iceland and three points behind the
The Dutch take on Iceland on
Thursday at the Amsterdam Arena
and travel to Turkey for Sunday's
game in Konya.
Blind replaces Van Persie with
Robben as Netherlands captain
Germany picks Liverpool's
Emre Can for Euro qualifiers
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