Wolfsburg’s managing director Dieter Hoeness has expressed his dismay that none of his squad was called up to Germany’s provisional 27-man World Cup squad by coach Joachim Low.
Hoeness is unhappy that the trio of Christian Gentner, Marcel Schafer and Sascha Riether – who have all been regulars in Low’s recent squad selections – look set to miss out on the chance to play in South Africa.
“There was absolutely no sign of this coming,” said Hoeness. “They have always been called up and were even part of the recent fitness tests.
“They both have great team capabilities and therefore they would be ideal players for such a tournament. Therefore, we are all as much disappointed as we are surprised about this decision.”
“We deliberately chose younger players,” Low said. ”They may be short on experience but they have a lot of qualities.”
The success of Bayern Munich this season has played an important part in Low’s plans, as he revealed: “They’re brimming with confidence. We are proud of Bayern’s achievements in all three competitions. They’ve shown great performances.
“[Holger Badstuber] is clear headed and doesn’t make many mistakes. Muller has an incredible instinct to be in the right place at the right time to score and he can play in several positions.”