Joachim Loew has once again injected a lot of fresh blood in his national team as the Germany coach named his 30-man provisional squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Like he did for South Africa 2010, Loew has decided to put his faith in a mix of experience and youth as he looks to guide the Nationalmannschaft to a fourth World Cup title.
Loew said: “We need personalities, of course we need players who also have leadership qualities but we also need young players, dynamic players who perhaps in last last few months have earned themselves a place in the spotlight and who can perhaps bring some fresh blood (into the team).”
Loew has called up talented Schalke teenagers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Erik Durm, little-known Shkodran Mustafi of Sampdoria and Matthias Ginter of Freiburg.
Germany have been drawn in Group G alongside Ghana, Portugal and the United States.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg SV), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders:Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke 04), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).