Germany coach Joachim Loew has warned potential candidates for the Nationalelf's World Cup squad that it's absolutely crucial to get regular first team action in the build-up to the finals in June if they are to make it into the final selection.
"I won't call up anybody who has not been playing regularly for their side in the months building up to the tournament. That is something I have learned from Euro 2008. This is going to be a World Cup which will be played at a very high pace," said Loew to Welt am Sonntag.
The Germany squad will get together in mid-May for a training camp in Italy, before flying to South Africa on June 6. Loew is expected to name more than 23 players for the training camp, meaning that some players will be dropped at the last moment.
"It is imaginable that we will name more than 23 players, but it depends on the situation. We may have been criticised for this last time, but we were convinced that it was necessary. Maybe there are players we are not fully convinced about, or maybe we want to get to know them better and see their form once again."
Germany were drawn in Group D for the tournament in South Africa alongside Ghana, Australia and Serbia. Their opening match will take place on June 13, when they take on the Australians in Durban.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com