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Germany’s 2018 World Cup Squad
The 2014 winners are looking to defend their title in Russia and Joachim Löw had many tough decisions to make as he chose his final panel. World Cup holders Germany are one of the favourites to win the trophy in Russia, with expectations further heightened by their perfect qualification record and 2017 Confederations Cup victory.
Germany won all 10 of their qualifying games, putting 7 past San Marino, beating Norway 6-1 and recording a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan to comfortably progress to their 19th World Cup. This impressive run was broken up by a trip to Russia last summer which saw Joachim Löw bring a panel of fringe and young players to the Confederations Cup where a 1-0 win over Chile in the final gave them another international trophy.
In addition, Germany’s Under-21 side spent their summer in nearby Poland, lifting the UEFA European Championship with players like Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry, and Yannick Gerhardt all having senior international experience prior to the tournament. The future looks bright for Germany, but it gave Löw multiple selection headaches as he planned who to bring to Russia with him.
Despite missing the majority of the past season with a number of injuries, Manuel Neuer looks set to reprise his role as Germany’s number one. The Bayern Munich shot-stopper will be joined by Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Trapp. In defence, Jerome Boateng has recovered from injury to claim a place in the final 23, where he is joined by Bayern team-mates Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule, and Joshua Kimmich. Despite suffering relegation from the Bundesliga with Cologne, Jonas Hector has been included, with Matthias Ginter, Marvin Plattenhardt, and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger completing the defensive line-up.
Germany’s midfield is filled with veterans of their 2014 World Cup triumph, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, and Sami Khedira expected to show leadership in Russia. PSG’s Julian Draxler will be pushing for a place in the starting XI, along with Ilkay Gundogan, while Confederations Cup stars Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, and Sebastian Rudy will also hope to impress. Interestingly, Marco Reus has been included in the final panel after seeing his 2014 tournament dreams taken from him by an untimely injury. In attack, Thomas Müller will have a chance to extend his impressive World Cup scoring habit, while RB Leipzig’s free-scoring striker Timo Werner will be aiming to establish himself as his country’s chief goal threat for the coming years. The 23-man squad is completed by experienced front-man Mario Gomez, who is set to play in his third World Cup.
Germany will be playing their first game against Mexico in Group F on Sunday, June 17.