Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has played down reports that Bayern Munich playmaker Mehmet Scholl will return to national colours – four years after the he retired from international football.
Scholl, who has enjoyed a good season at Bayern after years of injuries, has scored five important goals this season in the Bundesliga and German Cup.
Bayern coach Felix Magath has said Scholl would be a valuable addition to Klinsmann’s squad especially since Sebastian Deisler has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.
However, Klinsmann did not include Scholl in fitness testing for the final squad.
“We’re delighted that he’s doing so well again,” Klinsmann said. “But our priority is on the players that are with us now at the fitness tests.
“(But) one never knows who could still get hurt before the World Cup … (and) we haven’t closed the door on anyone.
“For the most part we’ll pick our team from the group of 28 players we’ve worked with all along but we’re keeping our eyes open.”
Scholl had been hit by injuries over the past few years and most of his contributions this season have come as a replacement from the substitutes bench.
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