Assistant Germany coach Michael Skibbe has said surprises should not be expected when the triple world champions name their World Cup squad. "We will leave it until the last second to chose from the 30 players that we're considering at the moment," Skibbe told Saturday's Westdeutsche Zeitung daily. "There will be no surprises."
Head coach Rudi Voeller will be without Bayern Munich midfielder Mehmet Scholl, who has pulled out because he is not fully fit, while Hertha Berlin midfielder Sebastian Deisler is doubtful with a thigh muscle injury.
Skibbe hinted that Bayern Munich striker Carsten Jancker, who has failed to make an impact this season, should be preferred to TSV 1860's Martin Max, the Bundesliga's joint top scorer with 16 goals. "National and international football are two different things," Skibbe said. "Jancker has often helped us out."
Voeller has until May 21 to unveil his squad. His team are due to fly out to their base in Japan the following day.