Jul 4, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
France
0-1
Germany
 
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hummels (13')
Khedira (54'), Schweinsteiger (80')

Team News: Miroslav Klose one of three Germany changes

Joachim Low names three changes to his Germany side for the World Clash with France, with striker Miroslav Klose among those coming in.

Germany coach Joachim Low has named veteran striker Miroslav Klose in his starting lineup for this evening's World Cup quarter-final clash with France in Rio.

The build-up to the encounter was dominated by reports that Low was forced to contend with a depleted squad following rumors that up to seven players were struck down with flu.

Die Mannschaaft make three changes in total from the extra-time win over Algeria, with Mats Hummels replacing Per Mertesacker, while Philipp Lahm drops into defence to accommodate Sami Khedira in midfield.

Klose comes in for Mario Gotze to spearhead the Germans' attack at the Maracana, and will usurp Brazil legend Ronaldo as the tournament's all-time top goalscorer if he finds the net.

Meanwhile, Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps makes two changes to his first XI from the 2-0 win over Nigeria in the last round.

Arsenal contingent Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud drop out of the lineup for Mamadou Sakho and Antoine Griezmann respectively, while Karim Benzema leads the forward line.

France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Pogba, Matuidi, Valbuena, Griezmann; Benzema

France players pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014© Getty Images

Germany: Neuer; Howedes, Hummels, Boateng, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ozil; Muller; Klose

Germany national team pose ahead of the quarter-final football match between France and Germany at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014, during the 2014© Getty Images

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