USMNT Foe Germany Names a Handful of Surprises to World Cup Preliminary Roster
A 30-man preliminary roster allows fringe players to get one more chance to impress. For Germany’s coach Joachim Löw, the fringe players ended up being a handful of players off the radar. The roster predictions that have been featured here may not be too far off from Löw’s final decisions, but die Mannschaft could end up with untested players heading to Brazil.
There are five players in the provisional roster who do not have any appearances with the national team. This includes Schalke teenagers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer. Erik Durm‘s rise to prominence at Borussia Dortmund has warranted his inclusion in the list. Hoffenheim‘s Kevin Volland is the only other striker on the roster along with Miroslav Klose and will have a chance to display his ability at a friendly against Poland on May 13. Shkodran Mustafi of Sampdoria was called in before but did not feature. Andre Hahn of Augsburg is the other inexperienced player on the roster.
The biggest name left off the list is Mario Gomez. He has struggled with injuries and failed to get playing time. It was rumored that he would be able to return in a couple weeks, but the coach is too concerned with his form. Gomez had only played about 280 minutes since September due to damage or tears in both knees.
Injuries were going to be a concern for Löw even with the immense talent in the German system. Sami Khedira has not played since the winter, but the coach took a risk and named him to the squad. He has shown constant improvement and has been named to the Real Madrid bench recently.
Keepers Rene Adler and Bernd Leno are notables left off the roster. Striker Max Kruse has long been the Cinderella pick but did not make it. Sven Bender could not overcome injuries.
Not all 30 players will make the training camp scheduled for May 21. The friendly against Poland will not feature players from Bayern Munich or Dortmund with a match in the DFB Pokal looming, so the young players will have a chance to impress. Löw plans on cutting four or five players prior to training camp. Regardless, he did provide some surprises in his preliminary roster which could shake up the make up of one of the favorites in the World Cup.
Here is the full roster.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller, Ron–Robert Zieler
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Erik Durm, Kevin Groβkreutz, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, Marcel Schmelzer
Midfielders: Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter, Leon Goretzka, Mario Götze, Andre Hahn, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Max Meyer, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Strikers: Miroslav Klose, Kevin Volland