Thursday May 8 2014
Mustafi and Klose in Germany squad

Sampdoria’s Shkodran Mustafi and Lazio’s Miroslav Klose are the only Serie A players included in Germany’s provisional World Cup squad.

Coach Joachim Low announced his selection today, with a notable absence from the 30-man party being Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez.

The Viola forward has missed large parts of the season through injury and has still not returned from his most recent setback.

“The injuries and absences in the past few months have not been ideal for the team,” Low said at a Press conference.

“But we will rise to the challenges and find solutions and alternatives.

“Klose 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 World Cup.”

Germany’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad:

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

Defenders: Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim).

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