International round-up - part 1

There were three wins and two defeats for the Hannover 96 players on international duty last weekend, as well two player nominations for the UEFA European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in two weeks’ time.

Germany suffer historic defeat

It was the heaviest defeat to befall the German national team for over 50 years. On Saturday, Joachim Löw’s team was defeated 5-3 by Switzerland in Basel, with Eren Derdiyok scoring a hat-trick for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Swiss team. Playing in goal was Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marc-André ter Stegen, and the 19-year-old had a difficult debut to say the least. He was unfortunate not to make Löw’s definitive 23-man squad for the Euros next month, but his loss was Ron-Robert Zieler’s gain. The Hannover 96 stopper, along with Werder Bremen’s Tim Wiese, will provided cover to regular national team keeper Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Munich. Germany take on Israel in a friendly in Leipzig this Thursday, before facing Portugal in their opening Euro 2012 game on June 9th.

Sobiech included

Striker Artur Sobiech was not included in the Poland squad for the 1-0 friendly win over Slovakia at the weekend, but coach Franciszek Smuda has decided to include him in his squad for the tournament that Poland will co-host with Ukraine. The team have a friendly against Andorra this coming Saturday June 2nd, before kick-starting the Euros against Greece on June 8th.

Norway beaten by England

Mohammed ‘Moa’ Abdellaoue featured for Norway as they hosted England, but the Reds’ forward was unable to alter his country’s poor record against the English. Norway have never beaten England in a friendly game, and it was similar story as Ashley Young’s early goal was enough to give new England manager Roy Hodgson a win in his first game in charge. Norway’s next game is against Croatia on Saturday.

Five-star USA

The most handsome result of the weekend came in Florida, where Hannover captain Steven Cherundolo helped the USA team thrash Scotland 5-1. ‘Dolo’ lasted the entire 90 minutes for Jürgen Klinsmann’s team. They will now be full of confidence when they take on five-time World Cup winners Brazil in Washington on Thursday.