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Pauw slams Germany over unfair selection


Vera Pauw

Vera Pauw

Vera Pauw

Ahead of tomorrow's crunch women's Euro qualifier, Ireland boss Vera Pauw has accused Germany of not applying "fair play".

The veteran Dutch coach insists false competition has been created in the competitive group by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg confirming that four of her best players won't travel to Montenegro next week after Saturday's top-of-the-table clash in Essen.

That PSG's Sara Däbritz, along with Wolfsburg trio Alexandra Popp, Kathrin Hendrich and Svenja Huth, will only play the first game of the double-header has bugged Pauw.

Germany are expected to end the unbeaten five-match run of leaders Ireland but this policy could ensure the victory is made all the more emphatic.

"The top players will not travel to Montenegro which in my opinion is not fair play," notes Pauw, fearful of a heavy defeat.

"It's false competition. It doesn't influence our preparation but will have an influence on the game.

"Those players only have to play one game and then they're off, so they will put their 100 per cent energy into it - even if the scoreline is not going well for us.

"They will keep going and won't take their foot off the gas. And that is why I don't think it's right.

"Their coach Martina can choose the players she wants but announcing it already - before the Ireland game - I don't think is right.

Asked were the European powerhouses were being respectful, she replied: "Or it's knowing your qualities from being the best team in the world playing against our team, ranked 32 in the world."