Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Germany's manager Joachim Loew may be forced to call up a number of relatively unknown players for Germany's upcoming friendly with France on February 29. The German side, who are many pundits' favourites to win Euro 2012, have been hit by a string of high profile injuries recently, which threaten Loew's plans for Poland and Ukraine.
Germany face France in Bremen on February 29 in one of their final preparation matches before Euro 2012 gets under way on June 8. The current high profile injury list does not read well with key men out including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Mario Goetze and Per Mertesacker. Arsenal's Mertesacker is likely to miss Germany's Group B showdowns with Denmark, Holland and Portugal after damaging ankle ligaments that could rule him out of action until the summer.
After facing France, Germany will also play friendlies against Switzerland in Basle on May 26 and against Israel on June 1 in Liepzig.
Friday, February 3, 2012
There was more bad news for the England national football team on Friday after Arsenal confirmed that Jack Wilshire has a new stress fracture in his right foot and is unlikely to play in Ukraine and Poland at Euro 2012.
20-year-old Wilshire is considered by many to be the best young English midfielder of his generation and would likely have featured prominently in Fabio Capello's Euro plans.