Germany’s Boateng to miss England friendly, Kroos doubtful

Germany's Boateng to miss England friendly, Kroos doubtful

BERLIN – Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of the world champions’ friendly international against England at Wembley on Friday, the team said on Wednesday.

Boateng has been nursing unspecified muscle problems, the German football association said in a statement, and would miss the game as a precautionary measure after a discussion with head coach Joachim Loew.

It has not yet been decided if he will play in Tuesday’s friendly against France in Cologne.

Midfielder Toni Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, after being sidelined with a stomach virus.

The Germans, who topped their World Cup qualifying group with ten wins out of ten matches, have organized a series of high caliber internationals, including against Spain and Brazil in March, as they prepare for their world title defence in Russia next year.