Max Meyer 55', Paulus Arajuuri 77' (og)
Germany kick-off their international schedule for 2016/2017, but the match itself takes a distant second-place as international football bids farewell to a German legend.
Out of a youthful starting eleven, however, Jogi in particular singles Max Meyer out for praise.
"[Bastian] served the national team for twelve years and without him, our success in this time wouldn't have been possible. In the big tournaments we almost always reached the semi-finals. I always felt assured when he was on the pitch because he's a player with leadership qualities who isn't afraid to take on responsibility. I'll miss him, not just as a footballer but as a person and because of his great sportsmanship. The game gave us a glimpse of the future as matches like these provide the younger players a chance and we are of course already planning for the World Cup in 2018. Today's plan was to give minutes to those players who weren't used at the Euros." - from dfb.de
Joachim Löw spoke further about his captain:
Löw: "A glimpse into the future"
Asked about Mario Götze, he replied "He had a lot of influence on the game and worked very hard. He was still lacking a little bit of sharpness and movement, but he's not 100% fit yet. He will need a couple of more games under his belt to get some rhythm. Nevertheless he was very valuable to the side last night."
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Marc-André ter Stegen (Bernd Leno), Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Niklas Süle (Jonathan Tah), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Julian Weigl), Karim Bellarabi, Max Meyer, Jonas Hector (Mesut Özil), Julian Brandt (Thomas Müller), Kevin Volland, Mario Götze
Niklas Süle makes his debut for the national team tonight.
Erstes Nationalmannschaftstraining ohne Löw - 29 August 2016
A training session took place in the evening, with only eight players present. The rest of the squad remained in the hotel, with Jogi, for a regeneration session.
Ankunft der Spieler - from tv.dfb.de
In his first press conference of the new season, Jogi arrived smiling and looking tanned, and spoke of, for the first time since he became Bundestrainer, three tournaments for the German national team in three years.
"We won't have all players at this tournament," Low explained ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Finland. "Three tournaments in three years would not be ideal.""There are a few promising players, who, I believe, will be able to play an important role for us in the and I'd like to introduce them to the team. The door is wide open for them. Next year we have the Confederations Cup and I'd like to use it as a platform to gauge our future development. Our goal at the 2018 World Cup is to defend our title. At the Confederations Cup we won't necessarily have all of the players who will be with us at the 2018 World Cup. Three tournaments in a row for some players won't be ideal."
"The style of play and the development of the Olympic team really pleased me, therefore I've called up players like Niklas Süle, Max Meyer and Julian Brandt to the first team. These players will get the chance to play on Wednesday. After consulting (DFB sporting director) Hansi Flick, one or two players will then go back to their club teams on Thursday because they have all worked hard in the last few weeks."
Jogi said he had spoken to Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel who has said that Mario Götze is not quite match fit which is why he did not play for Dortmund at the weekend. Mario was also carrying a slight knock but he completed the final training session ahead of the Bundesliga season opener. "I know that he is fit and has already made up for the sessions he has missed. He will be able to gain some match practise with us."
He confirmed that André Schürrle will not be involved with the squad due to a muscle problem, which is primarily a precautionary measure. "The main focus for us is the World Cup qualification game against Norway. After a short amount of preparation time and just one Bundesliga game, it is therefore important to share the workload."
Jogi commended Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski on the careers with the national team and spoke of the planned farewells for them "Both players contacted me at the start of August and informed me of their decisions. The timing is right for them. Both players have shaped this team and have become world champions. It's the greatest honour you can achieve as a footballer. It's good that they now want to once again concentrate on their club football. I agreed for them to have a farewell game on the spot because both have given an extraordinary amount to this team and its progression, both on and off the field. Lukas Podolski is injured unfortunately, but he will most likely play in his farewell match next March. I've managed both of them now for 12 years and they've given a lot to the national team in that time. They were held in very regard. There are always these kinds of changes after a big tournament. With Bastian and Lukas we lose two great players, but it opens the door for new players to take their chance and make an impact."
"On Wednesday Bastian will be the captain," Löw said. "So on Wednesday it's not a topic.""I will announce my decision after the match against Finland, so on Thursday. I want to speak to speak to the team first and share the decision that I have already made with them. On Wednesday, Bastian Schweinsteiger will captain the team against Finland. For me, the decision of who is captain isn't so important. We have a functioning team council and these players take on a lot of responsibility. It's important for me to have more counterparts who are important to me and are accepted in the team. When a place becomes free in the team council, Toni Kroos will be promoted to the post. He has been part of the team for a long time and has also developed well as a person."
"Our next exciting task is obviously qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. When we all parted after the European Championship in France, I gave myself and my coaching staff the task of analysing every match one more time. After the next two matches we will meet up and compile everything together to carry out an extensive analysis. We can carry out a deeper analysis of the match using new technical data. In the last few years we've worked hard on breaking down defensive opponents. At the Euro's we have already shown that we can play against defensive sides. There was nothing new at the European Championship, I didn't see any teams do anything completely new. We have given ourselves two main things to work on. Firstly, we have to make the most of our chances. Secondly, we have to work on our transition from attack to defence. We are a team that often has a lot of possession. We have to learn to get forward quicker after we have won the ball. We want to improve that over the next two years."
The appointment of Stefan Kuntz as the new manager of the U21 team: "I haven't been able to talk to new manager Stefan Kuntz yet but I will be able to soon. I've known him for a long time and completed my training course with him in Köln. His appointment as U21 Head Coach is a good decision."
Kinder können nicht ins Stadion: Jogi kritisiert späte Anstoßzeit
With thanks to dfb.de. Mercedes photograph thanks to the DFB Instagram account.
Schürrle sagt für Länderspiele ab
Andre Schürrle will miss the international break due to a back injury. Jogi has not yet decided if will call up a replacement. - 28 August 2016
Löw informiert Team über Kapitän
Joachim Löw has named his squad for the first international break of the 2016/2017 season, and has included three players from the silver-medal winning Olympic team. - 26 August 2016
Speaking on dfb.de, he said:
The match will be a chance for fans to say goodbye to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The full squad:
Last updated 9 September 2016