Monday June 2 2014
Klose is Germany’s only forward

Lazio’s Miroslav Klose is Germany’s only recognised forward for the World Cup, whilst Shkodran Mustafi misses out on a place in the final 23.

Joachim Low has today named his final squad to fly out to Brazil for this summer’s tournament and included veteran forward Klose, who needs just one goal to equal Ronaldo’s all-time scoring record at the World Cup.

Notably, the 35-year-old is Die Mannschaft’s only recognised forward. Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle are otherwise classified as supporting cast in attack whilst Mario Gotze played as centre-forward on Sunday against Cameroon.

Sampdoria defender Mustafi has not made today’s cut, and drops out alongside Kevin Volland and Marcel Schmelzer.

 “Obviously Shkodran, Marcel and Kevin are very disappointed and I understand that because they had every right to hope they would be in Brazil,” Low has commented to reporters on the news.

“All three are players who still have the chance to take part in several big tournaments in their careers.

“It is a balanced squad and with two players available for every position.

“Our players have character and the team has character. We will travel with this squad to Brazil with a lot of confidence because we have set big targets.”

Germany World Cup 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), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), 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)