Low admits to squad dilemma
Germany coach Joachim Low is no closer to deciding which three players he will be leaving out of his squad for the World Cup having been impressed by all of them in training so far.
Low has taken 26 players with him to a training camp in South Tyrol and he has just a week left to decide who will make the cut and form part of his 23-man World Cup squad.
The likes of Erik Durm, Christoph Kramer, Matthias Ginter and Kevin Volland, who earned their first calls only this year, are among the candidates to be left out but Low was full of praise for them at a press conference on Monday.
"The young players, like Durm and Volland, are making a very, very good impression," Low said.
"(Kramer's) chances are good too. He's very secure on the ball, always in a position to receive it and he's top fit and active.
"My impression of him is absolutely positive."
Low is also impressed by Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle and Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos, two players who could be vying for the same place in his team.
"The year in England has done Schurrle good," Low said. "You can see that in his overall body language.
"He's gained more self-confidence and improved. I've been very happy with him so far in training.
"Kroos has also matured and his role this time is not going to be the same as it was at Euro 2012. He's going to be a very important player for us."
Low has not yet been able to see Bayern trio Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm or Manuel Neuer in action with all three carrying injuries.
Nevertheless, Low says none are at risk of missing the World Cup.
"I can't see there being any lasting problems," he said. "They are all going to be fit during the World Cup, I've got no concerns.
"We expect them all to be training fully in the next few days."