Frings snubs Germany return
Torsten Frings has ruled himself out of a return to the German national team for the World Cup.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 20/05/10 3:30pm
Torsten Frings has ruled himself out of a return to the German national team in time for the World Cup.
The Werder Bremen midfielder was seen as a front runner to replace captain Michael Ballack, who was injured in Chelsea's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth and will miss the entire tournament with a leg injury.
The 33-year-old, who has won 79 caps for the national team and is a vastly experienced player on the big stage, was told by Germany coach Joachim Low that he would not be going to the World Cup in January of this year.
With Ballack's injury however, Germany lack some significant experience in midfield, with the tough tackling, physical midfielder seen as an ideal replacement for their talismanic skipper.
Frings though insists he has absolutely no intention of returning to the international fold, stating he has no confidence in the management of Low.
"I simply don't have any faith in the national team coach anymore," Frings told Bild newspaper.
"That has not changed after the tragic injury to Michael Ballack either.
"Therefore, whatever happens, I am not available."
Despite his omission from the preliminary 27-man squad, Ballack himself stated that he was not surprised to see box-to-box midfielder Frings linked with a return to international duties.
"The decision is up to Jogi Low at the end of the day, but I can understand there being speculation about Frings," said Ballack..
"You can always rely on Torsten."