Germany's Joachim Low: Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil can play together for the national team

The coach insisted that he sees no reason why the mercurial duo cannot operate in the same set-up, whilst announcing the team that will face Austria
Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that he is of the opinion that Dortmund attacker Mario Gotze and Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil can play together for the national team.

In the press conference prior to their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday against Austria, the tactician covered a lot of ground and gave reporters a glimpse of his personnel plans for the near future, with the topic of the attacking pair coming under the spotlight.

"For the national team, [Mario] Gotze is a player who will operate in the centre," confirmed Low to the media. "I think the two [Gotze and Ozil] can play well together, and I know at any time that I can bring on Gotze if need be."

Low then announced his starting line-up for their upcoming Group A clash, and sprang few surprises with his selection, whilst singling out young midfielder Toni Kroos, who is developing into a key player for Die Mannschaft.

"[Benedikt] Howedes will play on the right, even if [Christian] Trasch did well against Brazil. [Bastian] Schweinsteiger, [Mesut] Ozil, [Toni] Kroos and [Thomas] Muller will all start."

"I've seen him develop well in the national team," Low continued. "He is a player who can operate well in the space between defence and midfield, and is also a goal threat going forward."

Amongst other things, the coach then gave his two-cents worth on the competition brewing between wing rivals Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle, but he seemed to side with the Leverkusen star in a cryptic manner.

"I must now speak again with Lukas [Podolski]. Andre [Schurrle] has convinced me more and more. Lukas has done incredibly well for the national team, but I do not like how his performances vary."

Germany will secure qualification for next year's European Championship if they pick up three points against their European neighbours on Friday.