A former Germany international believes manager Joachim Low got his team selection wrong in Die Mannschaft's 1-0 defeat to Mexico, and has urged him to drop two particular stars for their next encounter against Sweden on Saturday.
Stefan Effenberg, an ex-Bayern Munich star, has questioned the tactician's decision to start Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira ahead of in-form Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan against the North Americans.
"Low should put Ozil on the bench and bring in Marco Reus instead," the 49-year-old wrote in his column on t-online.de.
"I could not understand why Reus did not play against Mexico from the start. If what Reus said after the game, that he was earmarked for the 'important games', is true, then the coach has completely misjudged this.
"The most important game was that against the most active group opponent: Mexico.
"The key to Mexico was that Kroos was taken out of the game with man-marking. He could not play with his usual rhythm.
"Khedira would have had to help Kroos in this case, take over the role and make the game fast, but he did not do that. Therefore, the logical consequence would be that he no longer plays against Sweden, as they will similarly do that.
"In place of Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan should play. The team simply needs dangerous balls from the central area to the top – that was utterly missing against Mexico.
"Gundogan is a player who can play such passes."
Die Mannschaft's loss to Mexico was their first competitive defeat since their semi-final exit from Euro 2016, when they lost 2-0 to France.
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