Germany without key Bayern, Dortmund players on U.S. tour
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will embark on their brief United States tour at the end of the month without any of the big names from Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday
With the German Bundesliga rivals meeting in London's Wembley stadium on May 25 and Bayern taking on VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup final on June 1, Germany coach Joachim Loew opted for a mix of youth and experience as well as a handful of newcomers.
The Germans will face Ecuador on May 29 in Boca Raton and the United States in Washington on June 2 in their two friendlies.
The 23-man squad includes four newcomers with Freiburg's Max Kruse, Philipp Wollscheid and Sidney Sam from Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz 05's Nicolai Mueller.
"All four have been very convincing throughout the season with their clubs," Loew told reporters. "Now they have a chance to present themselves and I look forward to seeing how they deal with it."
Apart from half a dozen Bayern players and Dortmund's Mats Hummels, Ilkay Guendogan and Marcel Schmelzer, the squad also does not include Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira.
Two Dortmund players, Sven Bender and Kevin Grosskreutz are set to join the team after the final next week, while top striker Miroslav Klose, back in action for Lazio after a lengthy injury break, will also join them after Italy's Cup final on May 26.
The numerous absences forced Loew to recall several players who have not played for Germany for some time, including Andreas Beck and Aaron Hunt who both last played for Germany in 2010.
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Hamburg SV), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Moenchengladbach).
Defenders: Dennis Aogo (Hamburg SV), Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg SV), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Heiko Westermann (Hamburg SV), Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Aaron Hunt (Werder Bremen), Nicolai Mueller (Mainz 05), Roman Neustaedter (Schalke 04), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Stefan Reinartz (Bayern Leverkusen), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen).
Forwards: Max Kruse (Freiburg), Miroslav Klose (Lazio)
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by John Mehaffey)
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