Germany announces 30-man preliminary World Cup roster; Mario Gomez left out
Germany manager Joachim Low has picked his 30-man squad that he will whittle down to 23 ahead of this summer's World Cup, and as expected, it is quite loaded.
German powers Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund contribute heavily to Die Mannschaft, with the likes of Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Mario Goetze headlining Low's preliminary roster.
Arsenal trio Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski also made the initial cut, as did veteran striker Miroslav Klose, who is aiming to become the nation's all-time leading scorer. He is currently tied with Gerd Muller on 68 goals. He also could become the World Cup's all-time leading scorer if he goes to Brazil and scores twice, which would put him past Brazilian icon Ronaldo (15 goals).
Sami Khedira, who missed the bulk of Real Madrid's season with a serious knee injury, has been given a lifeline and could play his way to Brazil. One who won't is Fiorentina forward Mario Gomez, who has been hurt and did not return to fitness in time to make the 30-man roster.
Germany opens the World Cup on June 16 against Portugal before playing Ghana on June 21 and closing the group stage against the USA on June 26.
Here is the roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Cristoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
MIDFIELDERS: Lars Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), 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)
FORWARDS: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)
ALTERNATES: Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Max Meyer (Schalke), Leon Goretzka (Schalke)