Schurrle believes Rooney can feature in Germany’s team
Chelsea star Andre Schurrle has blamed the media for twisting his words on Wayne Rooney’s ability to fit in Joachim Loew’s squad if was German. Schurrle defended his earlier statements by suggesting that Rooney would definitely be able to play for the Germany national team.
Schurrle’s comments arrive ahead of the Germany’s trip to the Wembley on Tuesday for a friendly against England. Schurrle is expected to play in the attack, but it’s not Schurrle who will be in the spot light.
Rooney, who played a pivotal role in helping England qualify for the 2014 World Cup, will be the driving force in the Three Lions’ attack due to the absence of key players.
“Rooney is a great player, but we have good quality too, in every position, and maybe twice, so I don't know if he would play,” Schurrle told the Daily Mail on Sunday.
Schurrle insists he didn’t have any intention of suggesting that Rooney’s talents weren’t good enough for Germany. The 23-year-old forward believes Rooney is a “world-class player”, who has proved to be a star for club and country.
“That’s not what I meant to say, that Rooney won’t play here,” Schurrle told Sky Sports News. “He’s a great player, everyone knows he’s a world-class player. The interview -- I don’t know which paper it was -- is not correct.”
Germany certainly has more talent and depth in their squad in comparison to England, but that is a fact neither teams are willing to accept. Loew recently told reporters that Roy Hodgson’s squad was full of “great players”.
“England is a great football nation. They can choose great players,” Loew said. “There are many names I could name, talented young players I would like to select, but I prefer not to name individuals.
“They have in Roy Hodgson an excellent teacher of tactics, a great coach. Yeah, they have a great team, that's for sure.”
Germany head towards England with the absence of important players as well. Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer weren’t allowed join because refusal from their respective clubs.
“The England game is our last chance before the World Cup to try out one or two new tactical variations and personnel,” Loew said.
“Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil are part of the absolute backbone of our team and for me, it is more important now to give other players a chance to prove themselves in these key positions, particularly against such a strong team as England.”