Thursday, May 6, 2010

Löw announces World Cup squad

German Coach Joachim Löw has selected seven players from Champions League finalists Bayern Munich for the World Cup squad including recalling veteran goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt.

Löw announced Thursday he had opted to take Bayern's rising stars forward Thomas Müller and uncapped 21-year-old defender Holger Badstuber, along with Butt, who turns 36 at the end of the month from Munich.

Butt won the last of his three caps in 2003, but has been in stellar form for Bayern, who are set to win the Bundesliga title on Saturday and are in the Champions League final at the end of the month.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack will captain the side in South Africa and is just two caps from making his 100th appearance for Germany.

There is no place in the squad for Lazio midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, while Bayer Leverkusen pair goalkeeper Rene Adler and midfielder Simon Rolfes are missing with injury.

Löw's first-choice goalkeeper Adler is out with a rib injury which needs an operation and Löw has opted to replace him with Butt to contest the Number One shirt alongside Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Bremen's Time Wiese.

But there has been no decision on who will be in goal for the World Cup.

"We will talk about it and decide probably at the end of next week," said Löw.

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