FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany coach Joachim Loew made a surprising last-minute change in his preliminary World Cup squad on Wednesday, calling up midfielder Christoph Kramer and dropping forward Andre Hahn. Loew also cut three players from the group that will go to a training camp next week. Kramer, who plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach, made his international debut in the 0-0 draw against Poland on Tuesday. Experienced defender Marcell Jansen of Hamburger SV and Schalke midfielders Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer were placed on call, but will not travel to the camp in northern Italy and the World Cup in Brazil unless a member of the squad suffers an injury. Kramer was the unexpected beneficiary of the bland match against Poland. Loew said he needed back-up for the central midfield because several players are recovering from injury. “This decision has nothing to do with the performance of Andre Hahn, we were very pleased with him,” Loew said. “The reasons are purely linked to the position. We have several central midfield players who have been injured recently and some who are coming off long layoffs. So we want to have another option and to be prepared for all eventualities. Christoph Kramer left a very good impression,” Loew said. Hahn is nominally an attacking midfielder, whose speed makes him a perfect counter-attacking player. He led Augsburg with 12 goals this season. Kramer is a hard-working central midfielder who is known for covering a lot of ground. He could step in if Sami Khedira or Bastian Schweinsteiger fail to regain full fitness. Khedira has played one full match since a knee injury in November and Schweinsteiger is nursing a knee problem. The domestic season ends on Saturday with the German Cup final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. A dozen Germany players are on both sides and will join the national team after the final. Loew decided to drop Jansen although the position of left back is seen as a problem spot on the team. “Marcell was injured in March in the friendly against Chile and although he is healthy again, his fitness is still not optimal, he hasnt played much,” Loew said. As for Goretzka and Meyer, Loew said they were young players the future ahead of them. Germany plays Cameroon on June 1, after which Loew will announce his final 23-man squad. Germany will host Armenia on June 6, one day before flying to Brazil. Germany opens its World Cup campaign on June 16 against Portugal, then plays Ghana on June 21 and ends the group stage against the United States on June 26. Harry Douglas Titans Jersey. 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Ryan Succop Titans Jersey.com) – A chant of Zeke reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown.Its quite surprising to watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the practice field this week, loose and calm with no sense of panic or despair a€” considering their four-game losing skid, defeats in six of their last seven games, and sitting in last place in the West Division with just five games to play. Indeed, its a thorough departure from the attitude and tone that engulfed the club last season when October rolled around a€” they were on a three-game losing streak with only a pair of wins next to their name in the East Division standings. But this year something has changed, and its not just the move to the West where the competition jockeying for playoff position is much more fierce for the 6-7 Blue Bombers. (Mike) OShea can say that its not him but he brings a lot of this atmosphere to us, said second-year Bomber Greg Peach of the rookie head coach. It allows us to be the way that we are and compete and have fun doing it. Its a lot of different things. You cant really put your finger on one thing. But for sure Im having a great time playing out here this year. We know what we have here. We know what we can do, and if we shore up what we need to we can get on a run starting with this game (in Ottawa). Determined. Conviction, were the two words OShea chose to describe his teams mood in the days following their 16-11 Week 14 loss to Hamilton. Theyre going to stick together and focus and theyre going to sacrifice what they need to sacrifice to try and get this next win. I have not instilled (those values). Those guys have those values. Thats the bottom line, that weve got a group of guys that came in with those values and theyve shared them amongst each other. It makes it easy, but youre right, it feels good watching them, understanding that theyre not quitting or anything. Theyre determined. But it often takes a leader to bring out the best in collected individuals. It always is from the top down, said fifth-year veteran Chris Greaves. Mike OShea a€” thats his attitude. Never say never, and never quit. So we always bbelieve we can win and its never going to let us down regardless of the circumstances.dddddddddddd Were just going to do our jobs, plain and simple, do whats been asked, and keep high spirits doing it. Absolutely (OShea helped foster that attitude) because hes been through it all. Youve got to listen to a guy whos played 16 years and has won three Grey Cups. Plain and simple. He knows whats required and it comes from the top down. NOTES: Following a week of speculation about whether he would be able to play against Hamilton, quarterback Drew Willy appears back to his old self in practice this week after taking Tuesday off due to some overall body soreness. He will start in Ottawa on Saturday… Middle linebacker Ian Wild (shoulder) and Nick Moore (ankle) will both miss a fourth-consecutive game, while also both looking like theyre champing at the bit to get back into the lineup… Right guard Pat Neufeld (calf) will miss his fifth-straight game this week, with Jarvis Jones remaining at his spot, and Devin Tyler getting a second start at right tackle… Standout rookie halfback Bruce Johnson returns to the starting lineup after missing last week with a heel contusion. Johnsons fill-in last week Johnny Sears, who missed over two months with a hamstring injury, will remain in the lineup. Sears took reps at a few different positions in practice this week… Kick returner Troy Stoudermire, who has lit-up Winnipegs return game since cracking the lineup in early August, watched practice in a walking boot this week. He has been placed on the six-game injured list with a foot/toe injury… With Stoudermire out, Demond Washington and Sam McGuffie will handle return duties. McGuffie also took first-team reps at running back this week, so we may see him get some carries with the offence as well. The soon-to-be 25-year-old heptathlete and decathlete says he plans on training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team this offseason now that he is done school, where he held the hand-clock 40 record of 4.24 seconds as a freshman at Michigan. Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘
December 31, 2016
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