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Joachim Loew opted not to recall
the in-form Stefan Kiessling for his
side s two remaining World Cup
qualifiers despite injuries to his reg-
Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez
are out of the games against Ireland
in Cologne next Friday and Sweden
in Stockholm four days later, but
Kiessling failed to make the squad
yesterday despite holding talks with
Loew during the week.
Arsenal s Lukas Podolski is also
injured, leaving Borussia
Moenchengladbach s Max Kruse as
the only forward in the 22-man
Kiessling, who has five goals and
three assists in seven league games
for Bayer Leverkusen, hasn t played
for Germany since the 2010
"I told him I m counting on Mario
Gomez and Miroslav Klose as strikers
firstly and behind them are one or
two other players that I want to test
this year," Loew said. "I told him I
can t see the future, I don t know
what will happen next year, but if
I were to nominate him for the World
Cup---if one of the other players isn t
in form over a long period or is
injured---he d be prepared to step in.
I think that s class."
Loew said he was aware of what
the 29-year-old Kiessling offers, and
that he respects the player s per-
formances in the Bundesliga.
"It wouldn t really be fair on him
if he was called up once and then
sent away. He has scored a lot of
goals, he s almost 30, and from there
we ve established that, if he s needed
by me and the national team, he s
available," Loew said.
Bayern Munich midfielders Bas-
tian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goet-
ze are back in the squad after recov-
ering from their respective injuries.
Neither player has played for Ger-
many since the qualifiers against
Kazakhstan in March.
Loew also recalled Hamburger SV
defender Marcell Jansen, who missed
the 3-0 wins over Austria and the
Faeroe Islands in September, but
Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel
Schmelzer and midfielder Ilkay Gun-
dogan are both injured.
Germany would qualify for next
year s World Cup in Brazil with a
win against Ireland, while even a
point from its last two matches
would all but secure its place.
Ireland maintains only a mathe-
matical chance of a playoff spot and
will be playing its first game without
veteran Italian coach Giovanni Tra-
Germany coach Joachim Loew maintains his course
MADRID---Despite his troubles at Chelsea, forward
Juan Mata was recalled by Spain yesterday for its
upcoming World Cup qualifiers when the champions
will look to seal their place in the 2014 tournament.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque dropped Mata from
the previous qualifier after the playmaker fell out of
favour with returning Chelsea manager Jose Mour-
Mata, however, impressed in the English team s 4-
0 rout at Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League
on Tuesday, hitting the woodwork with a shot and
coming close to setting up two goals.
Spain hosts Belarus next Friday on the island of
Mallorca and Georgia four days later in Albacete. Spain
leads Europe Group I, level with France on points but
with an extra game in hand.
While Mata will likely still be a substitute for Spain,
Del Bosque has seen his choice at striker limited to
David Villa, Alvaro Negredo, or converted midfielder
Cesc Fabregas after Fernando Torres injured his knee
and the Spanish federation failed to give Diego Costa
his international debut due to a paperwork delay.
Diego Costa was born in Brazil and became a Spanish
citizen this year after moving to the country in 2007.
"He has positive feelings for a country he has inte-
grated well with and he wants to play here," Del Bosque
said about Diego Costa after announcing his 23-man
Diego Costa has scored eight goals in seven games
to keep Atletico Madrid atop the Spanish league with
Barcelona. And with teammate Villa not finding the
net nearly as often and Torres notorious for his dips
in form, Del Bosque appears set on giving his attack
a massive makeover before the competition s final
phase in Brazil next summer. (AP)
LISBON---Andre Almeida and Cedric Soares
received their first call-ups for Portugal yesterday
as coach Paulo Bento seeks to plug defensive gaps
for the team s last two must-win World Cup qual-
Right back Joao Pereira is unavailable with a leg
muscle strain, and left back Fabio Coentrao is sus-
pended for the match against Israel next Friday in
Lisbon. The Portuguese face Luxembourg four days
later in Coimbra.
Striker Helder Postiga is also suspended for the
Israel game but, like Coentrao, he is expected to return
The 2012 European Championship semifinalists
need to keep up the pressure on Russia, which leads
Europe Group F. The Portuguese are a point behind,
with Israel in third place six points off the pace.
If the Russians hold onto their lead, Portugal hopes
to reach next year s tournament in Brazil through the
Defender Miguel Lopes and striker Vieirinha are
also out with injuries. (AP)
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