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'Regular places are history,' says Joachim Low of competitive Germany squad

'Regular places are history,' says Joachim Low of competitive Germany squad


The 51-year-old says that he wants his side to have a complete squad rather than an XI that picks itself, while warning his side of Belgium's attacking threat

Germany coach Joachim Low has told reporters that the concept of a set first-choice XI is no longer an option for his team, and that he appreciates his competitive squad.

The World Cup semi-finalists will hope to show their strength in depth on Tuesday, with many fringe players tipped to start in the DFB team's Euro 2012 Group A qualifier against Belgium. Ahead of the match, Low says the time has come for the team's outsiders to prove themselves.

"In Germany we must finally say 'goodbye' to the idea of 11 regular players. One can see very clearly in European football that it takes more than 11 players to compensate for injuries. As a coach, of course I favour competition. Regular places are history," the 51-year-old said at a press conference on Monday.

Low also commented on the state of his strikers, and admitted that his depth is somewhat limited in the centre of attack.

"[Thomas] Muller and [Andre] Schurrle are not classic strikers," he said. "They live off constant movement. At the moment, in Germany we do not have the same type of players as [Miroslav] Klose and [Mario] Gomez who can play at a very high level."

Low also said that they must not underestimate Georges Leekens' Belgium side, who can seal their place in the play-offs with a victory in Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

"It is clear that Belgium have a better attack than Turkey. Young, dynamic players who are good in one-on-one situations. As such, more attacks will come our way. They are an outstanding team going forward, so we must be on our guard."

Low is expected to make several changes from the side that beat Turkey 3-1 on Friday, with Mesut Ozil likely to come in and reclaim his place in the squad after missing out on the Istanbul clash. Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could sit the game out due to a knock, while Mario Gotze has gone home to rest after playing the full 90 minutes in Istanbul.

"There is still a question mark over Schweinsteiger, who has a bruise above his knee. A decision will be made on Tuesday morning. Klose will not play - his knee is still painful. Ozil has trained, his pain has got better, I'm assuming he will play." Low explained.

Victory over Belgium would seal a first-ever 100 per cent record for Germany in qualifying for a major tournament.