October 24, 2017

Löw Nominates Germany’s 30-player Roster for World Cup

With the World Cup a little over a month away coaches around the world are preparing their rosters and for the training camps. In preparation for their friendly against Poland next week and the upcoming camp, German national team coach Joachim Löw too nominated his 30-player roster from which he will select 23 players to travel to Brazil.

To many people’s surprise Löw excluded Mario Gomez and Max Kruse from the rosters but called up many new young faces that will also make up the bulk of the team’s squad for the friendly against Poland where most of Germany’s core players will be absent due to club duties. The recently-injured Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose did make the provisional squad however while Roman Weidenfeller and Ron-Robert Zieler were favored over veteran goalkeeper Rene Adler and recent call up Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

On the exclusion of Gomez:

Löw: “He was injured for seven months and played only 280 minutes since September. So in my opinion it’s not enough to be part of the plan or to be ready physically for Brazil. Of course we would have loved to have him on our squad were he fit and played and score more for Fiorentina.”

On Ron-Robert Zieler instead of Ter Stegen:

Löw: “We think Zieler had a very good and consistent overall season. Every time he was with us in training camp he made a great impression. With his call up we also want to make a statement of intent for the future.”

On Kevin Volland’s nomination and the exclusion of Kruse:

Löw: “Volland made a great step forward this season. He’s the U-21 captain. Kruse we didn’t want to call for the Poland game and then drop him again after. We have similar types of players to him in our team already like Müller, Reus and Götze.”

On Sami Khedira’s nomination:

Löw: “We see his situation very optimistically and that’s thanks to his hard work and his discipline. He’s one of the players that means a lot to this team and is important on the pitch. Of course we hope that he can return to his best by the time the World Cup rolls around and the competition at Real Madrid is better for him than training camp with us.”

On Kevin Grosskreutz’s nomination:

Löw: “He is in form and fit. He can play many different positions and he has a good physical presence.”

On Erik Durm’s first nomination and others like Volland, Goretzka and Meyer:

Löw: “He played 19 Bundesliga games but also seven Champions League matches. Especially in the games against Real Madrid he convinced us to at least give him a chance. The door to the senior team is also open and these four players deserved it with their performances for the youth teams and in the Bundesliga.” 

30-Player Roster

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern München), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (FC Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria Genua), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Mario Götze (Bayern München), André Hahn (FC Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern München), Max Meyer (Schalke 04), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil (FC Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (FC Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), André Schürrle (FC Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio Rom), Kevin Volland (1899 Hoffenheim)

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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