Wednesday 18th May 2005


Dietmar Hamann looks set to play for Germany for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann took the reins after getting a call-up for this summer's Confederations Cup.

The Liverpool midfielder and Schalke's Mike Hanke are the two new faces announced by Klinsmann for the event which takes place in Germany next month.

The tournament is regarded as a warm-up for the World Cup in 2006, both logistically for the organisers, and competitively for the eight nations involved.

Hamann has been chosen for his experience and could go straight into the side for their opening fixture against Australia on June 15.

"His technical and strategic capabilities fit well into our system," said Klinsmann, who called the 31-year-old into an expanded get-together squad recently, but was unable to get a closer look at the Reds midfielder because he had to withdraw through injury.

Hamann's form in the Liverpool side heading for Istanbul for the Champions League final next Wednesday has prompted a recall for the man heavily blamed for Germany's early exit from Euro 2004 after a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic - Hamann's last game in a Germany shirt.

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News report filed by The Editor