- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany coach Joachim Loew will get a chance to test some young players when his team faces Poland in a World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday.

Loew will cut several players from his preliminary 30-man squad after the match and the trimmed group will travel to a training camp in Italy ahead of the World Cup. Loew will then announce the final 23-man squad.

Because of various club commitments, neither Germany nor Poland will be up to full strength for Tuesday’s match in Hamburg.

Here are five things to know about the friendly:



The German Cup final on Saturday in Berlin leaves both Germany and Poland without their top stars. None have been called by either nation and Germany will be without Bayern players as Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm and forward Thomas Mueller, and Dortmund defender Mats Hummel.

Only 10 of 30 players named in Germany’s preliminary World Cup squad are available for the friendly.

Poland, which has not qualified for the World Cup, will be without striker Robert Lewandowski, who earned the Bundesliga’s top scorer honors with 20 goals for Dortmund before moving to Bayern next season.



Germany has one only experienced striker in Loew’s preliminary World Cup squad, but Miroslav Klose will have turned 36 by the time the tournament in Brazil starts and he has been hampered by injuries through the season with Lazio.

The only other central striker in Loew’s squad is Hoffenheim’s Kevin Volland, who still has to make his debut and is likely to play against Poland. This could be his chance to secure a ticket to Brazil.

“I feel very comfortable in the position of central striker, I am robust, but I can also hold the ball and pass,” said Volland, who scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga. “But I am versatile, I can also play in other positions.”


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