german national team

Frings and Löw settle Mannschaft dispute

November 5, 2008

Torsten Frings has apologised to Germany coach Joachim Löw for his reaction to being left out of the side for last month's World Cup qualifiers.

The pair met on Tuesday in Berlin and Frings now looks set to resume his international career after accepting he can no longer expect a guaranteed place in the starting line-up.

Frings had claimed he was considering his international future and that he felt let down by Löw after being omitted from the team for the games against Russia and Wales.

"As in October in Dusseldorf before the games against Russia and Wales I made it clear to Torsten in an open and fair chat that he can be an important man for the national team, but has competition for a place in midfield," Löw said in a statement from the German FA.

"He has accepted this and apologised to me."

Frings added: "It is for me very clear that I claim no special right because of the success and performances in the past.

"I can only repeat again that I was very disappointed after both of the last qualifiers because I only played once and only for a short time.

"I will be in the competition for places in the national team, expect no guarantees and would like to convince with my performance."

Last week Germany captain Michael Ballack met Löw to apologise for criticising his treatment of Frings and striker Kevin Kuranyi in a newspaper interview.