When and where: The friendly international kicks-off from the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt at 2.45 p.m. ET. Live coverage will be provided by ESPN2, with a live stream available on ESPN3.

Preview: After the disappointment of their semifinal defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, Germany look to the future as they take on Argentina in Frankfurt. The match is designed as preparation for coach Joachim Low for the start of Germany's 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, which begins next month.

And Low says that he won't let their failure at the European Championships influence his outlook.

"We have a long-term concept and we will absolutely be sticking to it," he said, according to Fifa.com. "Before the Italy game, we won 15 games in a row, which was a world best, and we beat teams in the group stage who are in the top 10, and I think the fans like the way we play football too.

"Despite that defeat, there is no reason to deviate from our path. Of course I accept the sporting criticism and I will try to draw solutions from it, but I think we all in German football can be proud of what this team has done over recent years and parts of this criticism I feel is simply not getting us anywhere."

The match comes at a difficult time, however, with players preparing for the new season with their clubs. Arsenal pair Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have been rested, while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer will also be missing.

For Argentina, the game will be a chance for coach Alejandro Sabella to see his side in action before the South American World Cup qualifying campaign resumes next month.

Argentina currently sit third in the table as they seek to that don't miss out on the tournament in neighboring Brazil in two years' time. After taking charge following a disappointing Copa America campaign last summer, there are signs that Sabella now has Argentina heading in the right direction.

The former Estudiantes coach made a bold early move by appointing Lionel Messi as captain. Since then the World Player of the Year, the target for such scrutiny while performing for his country--much of it unfair--has begun to flourish in Argentina colors as he does so often for Barcelona. Messi's greater comfort in Sabella's system has been evidenced with eight goals in his last four games, including a hat-trick last time out in a friendly victory over bitter rivals Brazil.

With Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero often lining up alongside Messi, Argentina have attacking options that can cut through any defense in the world.

Germany (probable)

G: Zieler

D: Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer

M: Kroos, Khedira

Muller, Ozil, Schurrle

F: Klose

Argentina (probable)

G: Romero

D: Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo

M: Sosa, Mascherano, Gago, Di Maria

F: Messi, Aguero

Prediction: Though the timing makes this friendly unwelcome for many, on paper it promises to be an intriguing clash. Many of Argentina's players will be eager to put one over on Germany having suffered defeat at their hands in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup.

Argentina's recent form and a number of absentees from the home side's squad means they should also have every reason to believe they can come home with a creditable win.

Germany 1-2 Argentina