Praise for Germany rising stars but Loew aims higher

Sports | 4 Jul 2017

Joachim Loew hailed Germany's next generation of football stars after beating Chile 1-0 in the Confederations Cup final - but says the challenge is to defend the World Cup next year.

Lars Stindl's tap-in was enough to seal Germany's victory in the final in St Petersburg as the youthful world champions lifted the title for the first time.

"I am immensely proud of this team, we have only been together for 3 1/2 weeks," said Loew. "You could feel something was happening in training, we came together and it's a really deserved win."

Loew left stars like Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil at home and brought inexperienced youngsters to Russia.

Germany's captain Julian Draxler was voted the player of the tournament and striker Timo Werner finished as the top scorer in Russia with three goals and two assists.

German football has a bright future after their Under-21 team were crowned European champions last week in Poland.

However, Loew says the hard work for his rising stars is just beginning as they bid to earn a place in the squad for next year's World Cup, also in Russia. Only three of the winning team - Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich and Draxler - are first- choice starters. "Despite our success here and with the juniors in Poland, we'll still have to reconfirm our victories next year [at the World Cup]," said Loew. "But the job starts now, the work is just beginning."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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