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NUREMBERG --- Germany is playing down World
Cup expectations and battling complacency ahead
of its second back-to-back qualifier against Kaza-
Joachim Loew's side leads Group C with four wins
from five games and is looking for another routine
victory to follow Friday's 3-0 result over winless
Kazakhstan in Astana.
"It is a bit unusual to be playing the same opponent
twice in quick succession," said Loew, who warned
his players against overconfidence. "If you win away,
naturally there's the danger that stays in the mind."
Kazakhstan has scored just one goal and claimed
one point so far, and Loew is doing all he can to
maintain his side's concentration.
"We have to remind the players they are playing
at home and that we only win when attitude and
professionalism are taken into account," Loew said.
While qualification already looks assured, team
manager Oliver Bierhoff says winning the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil is "almost impossible" for Germany
due to logistics of playing across such a large country
and given European teams' previous lack of success
there. Bierhoff also pointed to the strength of South
American teams on their own continent.
Loew called up Hamburger SV defensive midfielder
Marcell Jansen and the uncapped Borussia
Moenchengladbach attacking midfielder Patrick Her-
rmann to replenish his depleted squad on Sunday.
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
is ruled out after picking up a booking in Friday's
game, while Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler
suffered a concussion after a collision early in the
"You can chance one or two little things but we
don't want to take any risks. We're still taking the
opponent seriously, the call-ups show that," Bierhoff
Midfielder Sven Bender had already rejoined the
squad after recovering from flu, while Borussia Dort-
mund teammate Marco Reus also returned after serv-
ing out a suspension.
Jansen last played for Germany in September 2010
and Bierhoff said he deserved another chance to
"Marcell has gone through a strong phase. He is
another alternative to (left back) Marcel Schmelzer,
who has played a lot of games for Dortmund," Bierhoff
PODGORICA---England will face hostile crowds,
an ambitious opponent and some bad memories
for Wayne Rooney when the team plays Montenegro
today in a World Cup qualifier.
England cannot afford to lose to the Group H lead-
ers. If Montenegro wins, the team would move five
points ahead of England, jeopardising its direct qual-
ification for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
England coach Roy Hodgson, who is poised to
make several changes to the team that routed San
Marino 8-0 on Friday, said it will be a big match in
front of the partisan crowd in Podgorica.
Montenegro will go into the game spurred by an
eight-match unbeaten streak, including a 1-0 victory
in Moldova on Friday to remain two points clear of
England with 13 points. Ukraine and Poland are both
eight points behind Montenegro, and six points behind
Montenegro's main striker, Mirko Vucinic, said his
team will "fight like lions" against England.
"We can play against anyone, even against England,"
said Vucinic, the leading scorer for Juventus who
together with Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic spearheads
"The most important thing is that we come out
onto the field and leave every drop of our sweat and
blood, if necessary," he said.
Montenegro, the tiny mountainous country of just
625,000 people, has surprisingly established itself
as a strong football nation after splitting from much
larger Serbia in 2006.
Its first official international competition as an
independent nation was in 2010 World Cup qual-
England were held to a 2-2 draw in a Euro 2012
qualifier in October 2011 in Podgorica when Rooney
was sent off, and English players know the atmosphere
in Montenegro will be hostile, like it always is in the
Among those who will need to control their temper
is Rooney, who was sent off in 2011 for kicking a
Montenegrin defender with 17 minutes remaining,
leading to an equaliser.
England faces tough qualifier against Montenegro
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