Loew confirms Kroos to start ahead of Goetze

01 September 2011 08:30

Germany coach Joachim Loew confirmed on Thursday that Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos will start in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria in Gelsenkirchen instead of Mario Goetze.

"He will get his chance in the coming games," Loew said of Goetze at a press conference in Dusseldorf, where the Germany squad have been preparing this week.

"Toni (Kroos) has really impressed me with his enthusiasm and his commitment in recent Bundesliga games."

Loew also revealed that Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes will start in front of his home fans in Gelsenkirchen as Germany go looking for an eighth consecutive win in Group A and the three points that will seal their place at next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine with two games to spare.

After the Austria clash, Germany will fly to Poland on Monday for a friendly the followng day in Gdansk.

Source: AFP