Low sticks to guns over six shooters

World Cup Countdown: 31 days to go

Germany coach Joachim Löw has told reporters he intends to take all six strikers from his preliminary 27-man squad to South Africa. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski both made the squad despite indifferent form this season, as well as Mario Gomez, Cacau, Stefan Kiessling and Thomas Mueller.



Löw admitted he wants to take all of them in order to keep his options open: "Our plan is to have all six strikers with us at the World Cup because we want to be flexible."

Gilberto Silva has defended his role in Brazil's World Cup set-up. "I'm not the type of player who dribbles, scores goals and does anything eye-catching," said the former Arsenal midfielder.

"My job goes unnoticed by a lot of people, but it doesn't worry me because I know that my work is in the team's interest."

It has been confirmed that Honduras striker Carlos Costly will miss the World Cup. The striker fractured a bone in his right foot playing for Romanian side Vaslui and has now been ruled out for six weeks.

The US forward Landon Donovan believes that making last year's Confederation Cup final has instilled a sense of belief in the team. "The biggest thing we learnt was that we can compete with and beat any team in the world if we play our best."

Highlights of the day

Metaphor of the day

Japan coach Takeshi Okada says Japan will make the semi-finals. When asked why he was so confident, he replied: "Japan are like a swarm of feasting flies, it is work rate and organisation that symbolises my team." The Flies' first game is against Cameroon's Indomitable Lions. After that? The great Danes.



Random call-up of the day

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert gave a strangely alphabet-based reason for naming West Brom's Chris Wood in his 23-man squad. "Chris was selected because he's a W." Any Kiwi player whose name starts with X must have a shout.



Outburst of the day

Australia coach Pim Verbeek's negative tactics have proved unpopular, but Mark Schwarzer came to his defence yesterday, saying the critics should "hire a bunch of circus entertainers rather than footballers". With Harry Kewell in the squad, some might argue that's already the case.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice