Agent shoots down rumor Chandler is considering playing for Germany

Agent shoots down rumor Chandler is considering playing for Germany

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Agent shoots down rumor Chandler is considering playing for Germany

Timmy Chandler (ISIPhotos.com)

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Concerns over whether Timmy Chandler was really considering playing for the German national team were put to rest by Chandler's agent, who told SI.com there was nothing to the rumor that made the rounds earlier in the week.

Thomas Kroth, Chandler's agent, shot down the rumor, telling SI.com Chandler had not been contacted by the German national team or manager Joachim Loew.

"I can tell you that Löw neither phoned nor met with Timmy," Kroth said. "Nothing has changed, nothing at all. He's still very happy to play for the (United States)."

The rumors reached critical mass on Wednesday when former U.S. World Cup star Tony Sanneh wrote on his Twitter feed that Chandler was meeting with Loew and considering playing for Germany. Sanneh's status as a former national team player, and the fact he was the person who tipped U.S. Soccer to Chandler, gave the rumor some credibility. This was despite the fact Chandler had just spent the summer saying he had no intention of ever playing for Germany.

However, with the memories of American-born star Giuseppe Rossi's decision to play for Italy and Neven Subotic's switch from U.S. Under-17 national team player to Serbian National Team star, the Chandler rumor instantly raised fears of another player passing on the U.S. national team.

By all accounts, and based on everything Chandler has said this past summer, the German-born fullback has no plans to join that club and is intent on staying a part of the U.S. national team. With his agent putting the recent rumors to bed, U.S. fans can relax now, though some may not relax under Chandler is actually cap-tied to the United States, something that won't happen until next summer.

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