Germany and Argentina will lock horns in a friendly in Dusseldorf on Wednesday just a matter of weeks after battling it out at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio in the final of the World Cup.
Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Sami Khedira are doubts for World Champions Germany while Bastien Schweinsteiger will not feature due to injury.
But that didn’t stop Germany boss Joachim Loew on Tuesday naming the Bayern Munich midfielder as his side’s captain.
Schweinsteiger’s fellow World Cup stars Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose have since retired from international duty leaving the perfect opportunity for Loew to try and fill the gaps.
Loew does have midfielder Marco Reus and striker Mario Gomez return to the squad after the pair missed the World Cup finals due to injury.
This will be the first test for Argentina’s new coach Gerardo Martino who replaced Alejandro Sabella after the World Cup.
But he will be without Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who is suffering with a groin injury.
Rodrigo Palacio, Ezequiel Garay and Maxi Rodriguez are also absent for the tie in Dusseldorf.
PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi meanwhile is struggling with a back problem and is a doubt as the South Americans look to avenge their heart-breaking extra-time World Cup final defeat.
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