'It was fun' - Low praises Germany youngsters after Poland draw

A total of twelve debutants featured in Tuesday's friendly in Hamburg and the 54-year-old believes they deserve credit for their displays
Germany head coach Joachim Low says he enjoyed watching a number of debutants in action on Tuesday in the 0-0 friendly draw with Poland.

A total of 12 players - including Antonio Rudiger, Shkodran Mustafi and Max Meyer - were handed their first senior appearances for Germany in the clash in Hamburg, with Schalke star Julian Draxler becoming the team's youngest-ever captain at the age of 20 after donning the armband for the game.

Despite a pedestrian pace to the game and a lack of goalmouth action, Low insists he was entertained by his young World Cup hopefuls, who are vying for a place in the 54-year-old's final 23-man squad to take to Brazil this summer.

"It was fun," he said after the match. "We had an amazing number of newcomers to the team, who did their job very well.

"We were well organised and played properly. Even without the goals, it was an entertaining game."

Draxler admitted he was proud to have captained the side at such a young age and stressed it was difficult to find their rhythm with such a makeshift set-up.

"To be captain of the national team at such a young age says a lot," he said. "Today was almost an Under-21 match.

"If you've only trained once with the team it's hard to implement things. We did well."

Draxler's Schalke team-mate Meyer, who came close to breaking the deadlock at Imtech Arena, says he has not given up hope of earning a surprise place in Low's final squad for this summer.

"The coach must now decide if I stay," he said. "I haven't booked holiday for June or July yet."