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Löw passes up Kuranyi for World Cup squad

AFP/The Local · 3 May 2010, 13:26

Published: 03 May 2010 11:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 May 2010 13:26 GMT+02:00

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Kuranyi has not played for Germany since walking out on the team in 2008 after being left out of the match day squad for a World Cup qualifier, prompting coach Löw to declare he would never pick him again.

“The disciplinary incident in October 2008 did not play a role for me in the end,” said Löw in a statement on the DFB’s website. “But after consideration by our coaching staff we came to the decision that we have other tactical and personnel priorities for the World Cup squad.”

The 28-year-old has had the best season of his career scoring 18 goals with Schalke 04, who are second in the Bundesliga, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich. He has has played 52 times for Germany.

“I’ve discussed this in all openness with Kevin, who has played a strong season and whom I consider a professional of unquestionable character,” Löw said.

Löw clearly feels he has plenty of other choices at the front in the shape of Bayern Munich's Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez and Stuttgart's in-form Cacau. Another is Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling, top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, level with Wolfsburg's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko with 21 goals.

The final decision on which 23 players will travel to South Africa for the June 11 to July 11 tournament is expected to be made during the team's training camp in northern Italy in time for FIFA's June 1 deadline.

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"I gave all I could this season on the pitch, but sadly it wasn't enough," Kuranyi said. "But it is the national coach's decision, and I respect and accept it. I wish the coach and all the team all the best for South Africa. Like every fan, I will have my fingers crossed in front of the TV."

Germany have drawn Australia, Serbia and Ghana in Group D.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:52 May 3, 2010 by temanaroa
This makes me wonder

Are there any Germans left in the German Team?
19:26 May 3, 2010 by pmach
temanaroa, of course there are Germans on the team. Its not in good sport to be making comments as such and its after all a GERMAN team regardless.
20:53 May 3, 2010 by wmm208
Only if Kuranyi would have bought Löw a new silk scarf and dinner and drinks, maybe he would have been accepted. Löw likes his boys to provide for his "needs". ; )
01:52 May 4, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, Germany has a history of exceeding expectations.

From what I understand, the experts predict that they won't make it past the quarterfinals. I say watch out for goals from the team's midfielders.
06:54 May 4, 2010 by pmach
Kuranyi just didnt quite cut it and although he had a very good year so did others. He just came up short against better players in a vast pool of German league talent.

wmm208 makes really stupid comments, poor loser. I say its time for wmm (warped, mad and mental 208 ) to shape up and move out of your mothers house/care.....your 50 man and its bloody well time to get a place of your own.
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