No room for Gomez in young German squad
Germany coach Joachim Loew has named a preliminary squad of 30 players for the World Cup finals in Brazil, with Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez the biggest name to miss the cut.
Loew injected a strong dose of youth into their provisional 30-man World Cup squad, calling up talented Schalke 04 teenagers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer.
Along with 19-year-old Goretzka and 18-year-old Meyer, who had a spectacular debut season in the Bundesliga, coach Joachim Loew also drafted in Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm, little-known Shkodran Mustafi of Sampdoria and Matthias Ginter of Freiburg.
Loew did a similar thing before the 2010 edition in South Africa when he announced Germany's youngest World Cup squad in 76 years and they went on to finish third in the tournament.
Germany have been drawn in Group G for next month's World Cup in Brazil along with Ghana, Portugal and United States.
"When picking the squad it was important for us to have the right mix of experience and carefreeness and freshness," Loew told a news conference.
"Given the injuries and absences in the past few months it has not been an ideal situation for the national team. But we will rise to the challenges and we will find solutions and alternatives."
Loew, whose team face Poland in a friendly next week, will cut the squad down to 25 or 26 for a training camp in Italy on 21 May before submitting his final 23 players for the tournament by 2 June.
The coach also included Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, now back in action after tearing cruciate knee ligaments last year, but dropped forward Gomez who missed most of the season at Fiorentina with injury.
"Sami's prospects are very good. He has the will and discipline and is a key player in the squad. We are confident we can help him return to top form in time for the tournament," said Loew, adding that Gomez's longer absence meant he could not be fit in time.
Loew called up Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland along with veteran striker Miroslav Klose, who is also just back from injury.
"Miro always hits top form at tournaments. He was injured recently but we are convinced he can help the team. It will almost certainly be his last," he said of the 35-year-old striker.
GERMANY PROVISIONAL SQUAD
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)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)