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Torsten Frings last played for Germany on Feb. 11, 2009 in a friendly against Norway. ((Frank Augstein/Associated Press))

Veteran midfielder Torsten Frings won't be going to the World Cup with Germany this year.

German national team coach Joachim Loew informed the Werder Bremen star on Wednesday that he won't be named to his 23-man World Cup squad for South Africa.

"We face important decisions in the coming weeks and our position is to openly tell the players how we plan things," Low told the German football federation website.

"That is why we travelled to Bremen to have a long discussion with Torsten because we owe it to him," added Low.

A mainstay with the national team for years, Frings, 33, scored 10 goals in 79 appearances since making his international debut for Germany in 2001.

The defensive midfielder also featured significantly for his country at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but fell out of favour with Low when he made critical comments about his coach in the media in the aftermath of Germany's loss to Spain in the Euro 2008 final.

Wednesday's announcement for Low hardly caught Frings off guard.

"This move does not surprise me," Frings said in a statement. "I had to expect that, having seen all the signs. I have no other choice but to accept this decision although I am clearly of a different opinion than Joachim Low."

Fring's last international appearance for Germany was in 1-0 loss to Norway in a friendly in February 2009.

Germany will play in Group D at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with first-round games against Australia (June 13), Serbia (June 18) and Ghana (June 23).