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Die Mannschaft will be looking to defend their title as the World Cup champions of 2014. Joachim Löw has made plenty of changes, some expected, some unexpected and some downright shocking. Here’s the full squad along with a few key notes.



Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern), Matthias Ginter (Gladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Niklas Süle (Bayern)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Ilkay Gündogan (Man City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern)

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Müller (Bayern), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Timo Werner (Leipzig)


Bayern Munich’s Sandro Wagner (who also announced his retirement from international football), Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, Dortmund’s Mario Götze fail to make the cut while Mario Gomez, Matthias Ginter, and Bayern’s Sebastian Rudy barely made the cut.


Mesut Özil has been a key figure in midfield since 2010 along with veterans Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira. Germany will also depend on Thomas Müller‘s impeccable form in the World Cup.


The discipline of the players and the chemistry among them has always stood out. The overall quality of the squad and its depth are one of the strongest features of the German National Team.


The squad lacks pace with only having few runners such as Leroy Sane and Timo Werner. Manuel Neuer, arguably the best goalkeeper of this generation has still not made a full recovery and it will be a huge blow for the team if he doesn’t make the Starting 11.

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  1. GK- Manuel Neuer

    Defenders- Hector, Boateng, Hummels, Kimmich

    Midfielders- Kroos, Khedira, Ozil, Draxler, Muller

    Striker- Werner

  2. GK: Neuer
    DEF: Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector
    MID: Kroos, Khedira, Goretzka, Ozil
    FOR: Muller, Werner

  3. Manuel Neaur GK
    Joshua Kimmich , Jerom Boteang ,Matts Hummels , Johnas Hector – Defenders
    Sami Khedira ,Toni Kross , Mesuti Ozil , Marco Reus ,Thomas Muller ,Timo Werner -Midfield and Forward

  4. GK: Neuer
    DEF: Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector
    MID: Kroos, iikay gundogan, Draxler, Ozil
    FOR: Muller, Werner

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