Rost slams selection policy
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Frank Rost has slammed Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann's selection policy.Schalke keeper Frank Rost has slammed Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann's selection policy.
The 31-year-old had been his country's number three, but is now out of favour behind Stuttgart's Timo Hildebrand and Simon Jentzsch of Wolfsburg.
Rost, who has been capped four times since making his international debut three years ago, believes that partisanship plays an important role in who makes the squad.
"It can't be that the Southern faction decides everything in the national team," Rost fumed in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
Despite excellent displays for the Royal Blues, Rost has been dropped as understudy to Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann and believes that playing for the Ruhrvalley giants has not helped his case.
"Klinsmann is from Swabia, he's from Stuttgart and has also played for Bayern Munich, so it's natural that he prefers players from VFB and Bayern - that's only human and things were the same with Rudi Voller and Bayer Leverkusen," he added.
Rost's criticism will hardly help him to regain his place in Klinsmann's squad, although the former Tottenham striker has recently claimed that the competition for the shot-stopper job behind Kahn and Lehmann is wide open.
Klinsmann has a wealth of German keepers to choose from with Kaiserslautern's Under-21 star Tim Wiese and Hannover keeper Robert Enke also vying for places in Germany's World Cup 2006 squad.