Low set for Frings talks

Germany coach to meet with veteran midfielder

Frings: Set for Low talks

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Germany coach Joachim Low is set to meet Torsten Frings on Tuesday to discuss his international future.

According to a report in Kicker, Low will travel to Bremen on Tuesday to watch the club's UEFA Champions League clash with Panathinaikos and to speak with Frings following his recent public show of frustration at being dropped from the national team.

Frings, who played only seven minutes of Germany's World Cup win over Russia and spent the whole of the following match against Wales on the bench, had hinted that he would retire from international football as a result of a lack of 'respect' from Low.

He has since apologised for his comments, however, and his international future would now appear to rest on the result of the forthcoming one-on-one discussions.

The German FA (DFB) has refused to confirm the date, simply stating that the two were due to sit down together "during the course of this week."

Low has already held talks and secured an apology from captain Michael Ballack after the Chelsea midfielder criticised the decision to drop Frings.


Die Mannschaft's manager told Bild: "With Torsten there is also the need to have a discussion.

"He said things which were misplaced and it is something I need to talk to him about."

Germany's next match is a friendly international against England on 19th November, but it remains to be seen whether Frings will win back his place in the squad.

Low added: "It will depend entirely on his performances between now and then."

The whole sorry saga between three key figures in the Germany team has done little for any of their reputations, but Low insists he will never back down when his authority is questioned.

He said: "I did not see that (the row with Ballack) as a struggle for power with a winner and loser. I have, however, a completely clear picture in mind of what has to be done if such things happen."