In a squad which boasts a wealth of young and promising German players based throughout Europe, it must be a very difficult task for German manager Joachim Low to determine his strongest set of 23 players to take to Brazil with him this Summer. With a group of 30 players that all rightly deserved their place in the squad and if anything offered something not just valuable but different to the squad, Low certainly hopes to build on the foundations which have been set at the last two major tournaments where Germany some say, failed to live upto expectations, therefore making his squad selection even more important due to the weight of expectation on his shoulders.
As Miroslav nears ever Klose to breaking another record for goals scored in this years competition, Low has named the Lazio striker as his only out and out striker in his 23 man squad. Although we are all in agreement that the likes of Thomas Muller, Marco Reus and Lukas Podolski (who are all included in Low’s 23 man squad) can definitely offer another option upfront, Miroslav Klose is the only recognised striker to be included with the previous three players deemed by both Low and the German football federation as midfielders. Whether Klose or not will reach another milestone remains to be seen, but what we do already know is that Low has built on his own individual success in breeding a young, prosperous German side through not only relying on several of the stalwarts who contributed so effectively to the last World Cup campaign with those such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer taking centre stage, but also in his continued efforts to look to the some of Germany’s fine young players to lead the line for the national time this summer in Rio.
FC Schalke 04 pairing Max Meyer and Julian Draxler are both rewarded with a call-up whilst Erik Durm of Borussia Dortmund is also included, however this could be due to the lack of options currently for Germany at right back position. There are also inclusions for the likes of Sami Khedira who has overcome serious injury to be fit for the final few games of the season and Matthias Ginter following a successful season at Freiburg whilst goal-machine Kevin Volland of Hoffenheim and Marcel Schmelzer both miss out on the all important call-up. Christoph Kramer of Moenchengladbach is also included in what will be his first taste of World Cup competitive football.
So how far Germany will progress in this summer’s competition remains to be seen. Yet the future does look bright both for Joachim Low and for German football on a whole and I don’t think that it is within their capability to reign supreme in this summer’s competition.
#talkingtikitaka Star man: Marco Reus
#talkingtikitaka One to watch: Erik Durm
CONFIRMED GERMANY 23 MAN SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forward: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)