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Sami Khedira ruled out for six months

Real Madrid and Germany star Sami Khedira has been ruled out for six months with a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the German Football Association has confirmed.

This is a bitter blow for Sami and all of us. He is on and off the field a great fighter and personality

– Germany manager Joachim Löw

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Roman Weidenfeller earns first Germany call-up

Roman Weidenfeller has earned his first Germany call-up with coach Joachim Low naming him in his squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Italy and England.

The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper, consistently rated as one of the best in the Bundesliga, last pulled on a Germany jersey at Under-21 level but has never received a senior cap.

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New deal for Low

Joachim Low loves a white shirt. Credit: PA

Germany coach Joachim Low has extended his contract until 2016 with general manager Oliver Bierhoff and goalkeeper coach Andreas Kopke also committing to new two-year deals.

The extensions were announced on Friday, just a week after Germany booked their place at next summer's World Cup finals.

England line up friendlies

England will play Chile and Germany at Wembley next month as they begin their World Cup preparations.

The Germany game will take place on Tuesday, November 19.

Four days earlier, on Friday, November 15, Chile will provide the non-European opposition Hodgson had been hoping for.

England set for Germany friendly

England look set to stage a friendly against Germany next month as part of their preparations for the World Cup.

The Football Association (FA) has been planning for the build-up to the World Cup for some time and now they can make those plans public following the team's qualification.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington confirmed that England expect to play Germany at Wembley on November 19, four days after another friendly, which will also take place at the national stadium.

We are pretty well advanced (in negotiations for the November friendlies).

I expect to be in a position in the next 24 hours to confirm one of them. I don't think it is any great secret that we are expecting to play Germany in the second of the two games next month.

We are in talks with non-European opponents at the moment with regards to the first game which would be on Friday (November 15) or Saturday (November 16), that is still to be confirmed.

We had been looking to play Uruguay in the first game, but they are now in the play-offs so we are now speaking with other opponents.

– Club England managing director Adrian Bevington speaking to BBC and Al-Jazeera.

Bastian Schweinsteiger set to win 100th Germany cap, aged 29

Bastian Schweinsteiger on international duty in 2004, aged 20. Credit: PA
Schweini today. Credit: PA

Germany midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger will win his 100th international cap when he starts against Sweden this evening. A century up and he's not yet 30. That's one impressive career in the making.

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