Germans narrow down to final 23.
Germany have announced their final squad of 23 to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this month, and unsurprisingly, there aren’t many surprises.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, and Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle all received call-ups to represent the Mannschaft in Brazil.
While the unlucky players to miss out are Marcel Schmelzer, Shkodran Mustafi and Kevin Volland, who have all been culled from the preliminary squad.
Germany have not won a major tournament for 18 years now, with their last victory coming at Euro 96, but coach Joachim Loew has picked a squad he believes is more than capable of seeing off the challenge from Portugal, Ghana and the USA to go all the way in South America.
Goalkeepers: Roman Weidenfeller, Manuel Neuer, Ron-Robert Zieler.
Defenders: Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Erik Durm, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes, Kevin Grosskreutz.
Midfielders: Mesut Özil, Bastien Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Sami Khedira, Matthias Ginter, Julien Draxler, Christoph Kramer.
Strikers: Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mirolsav Klose.