Reus ready to roll for Germany

05 September 2012 04:18

Germany coach Joachim Loew has said captain Philipp Lahm will revert back to the right side of defence for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Faroe Islands while midfielder Marco Reus should start.

Lahm switched to left-back for Germany at Euro 2012, but the Bayern Munich star will return to his favoured position with Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer on the left for the opening World Cup qualifier.

"That is how it will be at the start, that is how we have trained," said Loew.

"With regards to Marcel, I feel that he has now arrived for us."

Schmelzer trained with the national team for the first time on Wednesday morning after recovering from a slight infection.

Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos was missing with a bruised hip and faces a race against time to be fit for Friday.

Dortmund's Reus was one of the few Germany players to come out of Euro 2012 with his reputation enhanced after the Germans lost to Italy in the semi-finals and Loew said the attacking-midfielder is set to start.

"You can assume that he will play," said Loew.

The Faroe Islands lost their friendly away to Iceland 2-0 last month and the archipelago, which is ranked 151 places below Germany according to FIFA, would need to pull off a considerable shock to beat their hosts in Hanover.

Germany breezed through qualification for Euro 2012 with ten straight wins, but Loew is warning against expectations of another perfect record in Group C as his team look to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Basically, I feel that the side still has a hunger for success after the disappointment of the European Championships," said the 52-year-old looking ahead to Tuesday's qualifier against Austria in Vienna.

"We are facing a new round of the qualification.

"The last time we passed with flying colors, but I think it will be harder this time.

"Sweden, Ireland and Austria will demand something from us and clear victories are expected against Faroe Islands or Kazakhstan.

"We want to win both our opening games to give us a good basis."

Loew has hinted he will change the style of play against Faroe Islands and is looking to see his side counter-attack quickly.

"In defence, we have to improve our game without the ball. In attack it is becoming more and more a question of flexibility," he said.

Source: AFP

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