Joachim Löw admits Serge Gnabry still has a chance of making Germany’s World Cup squad having been impressed by the development of the young winger.
In the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, the 18-year-old has been thrust into the limelight by Arsene Wenger this season, scoring against Swansea and looking dangerous off the bench against Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
Speaking to the Hamburger Morgenpost ahead of his side’s Per Mertesacker inspired victory over England last night, Löw revealed:
“The boy is really good, he has exceptional qualities. I’m still open [to him being selected]. We have an eye on him. ”
Arseblog News believes that’s not a bad carrot to dangle in front of a teenager looking to launch a career at the top level although we suspect if he doesn’t make Germany’s squad for the next round of friendlies in March his chances of playing in Brazil will be slim.
Given his current fitness problems (and the amazing array of talent at Loew’s disposal) Lukas Podolski will no doubt be anxiously looking over his shoulder too.
The left-sided attacker came in for criticism from the German media this summer for his performances with the national team and is facing the very real possibility of missing out on a major tournament for the first time in his career.
That being said with 46 goals in 111 appearances stretching back to 2004 it would be a big call to drop him. No doubt he’ll be after regular game time when he’s back from injury although it remains to be seen how he’ll fit into the current set-up.