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Kevin Kuranyi dropped from German World Cup squad

Kuranyi, right, pictured with Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker
Kuranyi (right) has been in good form for Schalke this season.

Germany coach Joachim Low has opted against recalling Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Low will name a preliminary squad on Thursday, but has phoned Kuranyi to tell him he will not be present despite scoring 20 times this season.

"We had other ideas, tactically and personnel-wise," a statement by the German Football Association read.

Kuranyi, 28, has not played for Germany since falling out with Low in 2008.

In October of that year, the Brazil-born striker, furious at being omitted from the squad to play Russia in a World Cup qualifier, sat with other unselected players, but left the stadium before the final whistle and was disciplined by the German Football Association.


However, the German FA insists his past record was not a factor in the selection for this summer's tournament.

"The disciplinary incident in October 2008 was not a consideration recently," the statement added.

"It would have been no problem for us to give him a new chance in the national team.

Low said: "I discussed this frankly with Kevin, who has had a strong season and whom I think is a player of sound character."

Kuranyi has been linked with a move to the premier League for the start of next season, with Liverpool and Manchester City reportedly interested in the former Stuttgart player.

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see also
Guide to the teams at South Africa 2010
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
Ballack plays down German chances
14 Dec 09 |  Internationals
Italy seal World Cup finals berth
10 Oct 09 |  Internationals

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