Switzerland - Germany Preview: Joachim Low expected to test youngsters ahead of Euro 2012
Xherdan Shaqiri could face off with a number of his future team-mates at St Jakob-Park as the World Cup semi-finalists gear up for next month's bid for continental glory
By Enis Koylu
Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Ziegler
Shaqiri, Xhaka, Barnetta
Howedes, M'sacker, Hummels, Schmelzer
Draxler, Ozil, Podolski
The main talking points in the Switzerland line-up will inevitably be Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who will be playing for Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich respectively next season. Both should slot in alongside Bayer Leverkusen winger Tranquillo Barnetta in an attacking midfield triumvirate, behind Hoffenheim-bound forward Eren Derdiyok.
Valon Behrami has not been called up, leaving Blerim Dzemaili to play alongside his Napoli team-mate Gokhan Inler in midfield.
Having only recently joined the Germany squad, Joachim Low's Bayern contingent will likely start from the bench as the trainer looks to test some of his fringe players.
Tim Wiese is expected to get the nod in goal, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen could be given a first cap for the senior side, Benedikt Howedes and Marcel Schmelzer will occupy the full-back positions, with Per Mertesacker and Mats Hummels set to compete directly for a starting berth in central defence alongside Holger Badstuber in the Euro 2012 finals.
Ilkay Gundogan has impressed in training and is tipped to start alongside Sami Khedira in midfield, while Julian Draxler is anticipated to make his debut on the right wing. Fans can expect many changes at half-time as Low brings in more first-team players.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Switzerland quintet Diego Benaglio, Francois Affolter, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tranquillo Barnetta and Eren Derdiyok all ply their trades in Germany's Bundesliga.
- Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld won a total of seven Bundesliga titles as a coach at both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has scored four goals in his nation's last six games.
- Germany's first-ever international match was a 5-3 loss to Switzerland in 1908 - in Basel. Meanwhile, the first Germany matches after World War I, World War II, and the reunification of the country all took place against the Swiss.
- If selected, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Julian Draxler (pictured right) will be making their Germany debuts.
- Mesut Ozil amassed seven assists in qualifying for Euro 2012, the joint highest along with Sweden's Kim Kallstrom.
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|5||Steve von Bergen||Defender|
|-||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
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