Metzelder has to play: Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Sunday advised Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder to consider leaving the Spanish giants in order to get more match practice and save his international career.
The 28-year-old defender has struggled for regular first-team football since joining Real in 2007 and Loew says Metzelder may need a new club in January's transfer window.
"If Christoph wants to get back in the German national team, then he must play either with Real or another club," Loew told German sports agency SID.
"Without match practice, it will become enormously difficult for him."
Having been a mainstay for Germany at Euro 2008, Metzelder has played just two league games for Real this season and lost his place in the Germany team for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Russia in October.