Klose back for Germany vs France in World CupGermany's Miroslav Klose exercises with the ball during an official training session one day before the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Germany recalled veteran striker Miroslav Klose and dropped center back Per Mertesacker among a slew of changes for its World Cup quarterfinal match against France on Friday.
Thomas Mueller drops back to the wing to accommodate Klose, who gets another chance to break the World Cup scoring record of 15 goals that he currently shares with Brazil great Ronaldo.
France coach Didier Deschamps made two changes from the team which beat Nigeria 2-0 in the second round, bringing back fit-again Mamadou Sakho for Laurent Koscielny in central defense and Antoine Griezmann for Olivier Giroud in attack.
Karim Benzema is back in his preferred position as center forward.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose.