Mesut Ozil left out as Germany name squad for Northern Ireland clash
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been left out of the Germany squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.
Germany take on Northern Ireland on Thursday (October 5) and conclude their campaign against Azerbaijan but Ozil will play no part in those fixtures. That's after he was named on the bench for his club's 2-0 win over WBA, struggling with knee inflammation. Germany boss Joachin Low says the midfielder is being 'rested'.
Low has instead recalled Manchester City winger Leroy Sane and Bayern Munich centre back Jerome Boateng to the Die Mannschaft squad.
If Germany come away with just one point from the two games they will confirm their place in next summer’s world cup in Russia.
18 of the 23 players named to come to Belfast were part of the team that picked up the Confederations Cup earlier this year.
Captain Manuel Neuer remains out with a broken foot while other key absentees include Jonas Hector, Mario Gomez who scored the winner when the two sides clashed at Euro 2016, Jonas Hector and Sami Khedira.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos could be the key man in this battle as with his range of passing this can trouble the Northern Ireland defence.
The last meeting between the sides saw the Germans come out 2-0 winners last October the history between the two sides is in Germany’s favour on the whole. The German national side has won ten of the 16 games that have been played before now. Four other encounters ended in draws, while Northern Ireland have only won twice.
German squad in full
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen , Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp.
Defenders: Skodran Mustafi, Mats Hummels, Marvin Plattenhardt,Antonio Rudigar,Mathias Ginter,Niklas Sule,Jerome Boateng,Joshua Kimmich.
Midfield/Attack: Julien Draxler, Timo Werner, Leon Gortetzka, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Julian Brandt, Sandro Wagner, Emre Can, Sebastian Rudy, Lars Stindl, Amin Younes,Leroy Sane.
Belfast Telegraph Digital