World Cup 2010: Germany coach Joachim Low eyes Sami Khedira as Michael Ballack's replacement

Low delighted with winning preparations over Hungary...
Germany coach Joachim Low is confident Sami Khedira will have a first-rate World Cup, after he impressed in an international friendly against Hungary on Saturday evening.

Die Mannschaft are searching for a new leader on the field for the tournament in South Africa, as their normal skipper, Chelsea's Michael Ballack, is injured.

However, after seeing Khedira fill Ballack's place in central midfield with ease during the 3-0 victory, Low lavished praise on the 23-year-old Stuttgart enforcer.

"[Sami] Khedira played very well in the first-half," Low told reporters post-match.

"I liked him. He was also very good in organising the game."

The Germany coach also explained his reason for substituting his stellar performer after only 45-minutes of play.

"He had muscle tightness, so we took him out as a precaution."

Low was also waxing lyrical about new goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was only named the first-choice between the posts last week.

"[Manuel] Neuer has done his job very well," he added.

"He did not have much to do, but he played well throughout the match."

Germany have one last warm-up match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 3 before their World Cup opener against Australia ten days later.

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