Germany omits Neuer, Kroos, Muller for June 10 friendly against USA
Three of Germany's top players won't be on the field when the World Cup champions host the U.S. men's national team in a June 10 friendly.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielder Toni Kroos and forward Thomas Muller were all omitted from manager Joachim Low's roster for the match, though the Germans still boast plenty of firepower. Mario Gotze, who scored the World Cup-winning goal in Brazil last summer, leads the attack along with Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil; Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira anchor the midfield, while the likes of Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels patrol the defense.
The U.S., which has not released its roster yet and will play the Netherlands five days before the Germans, will be shorthanded as well, as forward Jozy Altidore is out for about the next month with a hamstring injury.
The U.S. last played Germany in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, falling 1-0 on a goal by Muller.
Here is Germany's squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortumnd), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (FC Koln), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (VfB Stuttgart)
MIDFIELDERS: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach), Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan), Andre Schurrle (VfL Wolfsburg)