Euro 2012

Germany - Loew springs triple selection surprise

Germany coach Joachim Loew pulled a triple surprise ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 quarter-final against Greece by leaving out star players Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller.

Loew opted to bring in 34-year-old Lazio striker Miroslav Klose, who wins his 120th cap and with 63 goals he is five short of Germany's record, for Gomez, the tournament's joint top-scorer with three goals in three games.

Borussia Dortmund-bound Marco Reus comes in for Bayern Munich's Mueller for his first appearance at Euro 2012 and will win only his seventh cap for Germany.

Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schuerrle has been Podolski's understudy for the last year and finally starts at the expense of the former Cologne striker, who will join Arsenal after Euro 2012.

German forward Miroslav Klose (L) vies with Danish defender Simon Kjær during the Euro 2012 football championships match Denmark vs. Germany, on June 17, 2012 at the Arena Lviv in Lviv. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

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