Klinsmann to announce German squad

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10 August 2004 , HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann will announce Germany's squad for next week's friendly in Austria a day later than planned on Thursday, but no major shake-up is expected in his debut match as coach. Klinsmann also promised Bayern Munich that he will discuss with their officials whether to nominate Sebastian Deisler, who has returned to action after being sideline with depression. Deisler has in fact not been capped since damaging his knee in the last match with Austria in May 2002. Munich offi

10 August 2004

HAMBURG - Juergen Klinsmann will announce Germany's squad for next week's friendly in Austria a day later than planned on Thursday, but no major shake-up is expected in his debut match as coach.

Klinsmann also promised Bayern Munich that he will discuss with their officials whether to nominate Sebastian Deisler, who has returned to action after being sideline with depression.

Deisler has in fact not been capped since damaging his knee in the last match with Austria in May 2002.

Munich officials would prefer the 24-year-old to get a decent rest between games in the early stage of his comeback. Klinsmann seemingly agreed to a cautious approach, saying that he is ready to discuss the issue.

The creativity of Deisler will be badly needed in Germany's squad, which will be playing two years of friendlies in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup which takes on home soil amid huge expectations from the fans.

The 108-times capped former team captain Klinsmann took the job on 1 August in succession of Rudi Voeller, who resigned in the wake of a winless first-round exit at Euro 2004.

Klinsmann said he planned to field new players, but has no intention to completely revamp the team after the Portugal debacle.

"I will not slam the door shut for anyone," Klinsmann told Monday's edition of Kicker sports magazine.

Apart from Jens Jeremies, who no longer wants to play international football, all 22 other players from the Euro squad could continue playing under Klinsmann.

"I want to set up a squad of 30-35 players in the buildup to the World Cup," said Klinsmann.

But at the same time he plans to nominate no more than 20 players for the upcoming matches in order to give every players a realistic chance to play.

While Klinsmann will complete the 2004 programme as planned originally by Voeller, he may change the national team calendar for 2005, which features a South American trip in December after the start of the Bundesliga winter break.

Several clubs have voiced their dissent about the trip and Klinsmann may adhere to their warning.

"I will present my own ideas. But first of all I have to start the job," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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