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2014 World Cup: Ghana's opponents Germany name injury-prone Khedira in squad, Mario Gomez axed

Published on: 08 May 2014
Sami Khedira has been named in Germany's squad despite his injury problems

Ghana's group opponents Germany have named their preliminary squad of 30 players for the World Cup finals in Brazil, with Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez the biggest name to miss the cut.

Black Stars Group G opponents named Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira even though he is yet to recover from an injury that has kept him out of action for about five months.

Coach Joachim Loew made several surprise inclusions in his preliminary squad on Thursday, with relatively unknown players such as Genoa defender Shkodran Mustafi, Freiburg midfielder Matthias Ginter and Dortmund defender Erik Durm being named in the squad.

The Germans named just three strikers in the squad showing that they will be concentrating heavily on their midfield during the competition.

Fiorentina striker Gomez missed out due to his persistent injury problems, while there was also no place for Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and former Germany No. 1 Rene Adler.

Loew said he made an exception in selecting midfielder Sami Khedira, who is yet to play for Real Madrid since having knee surgery last November.

Loew has until May 13 to submit a squad of no more than 30 players to FIFA, with the deadline for the final 23-man squad on June 2.

Low will reduce his squad to "25 to 26 players" after the DFB-Pokal final and a friendly against Poland next week before naming his final 23-man squad at the end of the month.

"We've made these decisions for our 30 players with total conviction," said Low.

"It was a clear 'yes' for each of these players.

"Of course we will have to send a few players home still and that will lead to individual disappointment, but those who are included should know that they are part of the German elite."

Germany squad:

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

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz (both 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), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg).

Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich).


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Victor asabea says:
    May 09, 2014 07:23 am
    God is there, we pass tro the narrow way.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 08, 2014 04:21 pm
    This is a very ordinary German side. The strike force is not irresistible but like Ghana the midfield is full of goals. They will play to their strength-high energy and 90 minutes concentration! Ghana needs a packed young midfield that helps out in defense as well as attack! A 4-2-3-1 formation with Rabiu/Muntari 'the destroyer' and KPB the 'builder' playing in front of the back four of Opare, Boye, Vorsah/Akaminko, and Schlupp. The three behind the lone striker will have to be full of energy over 90 minutes-Kwadwo Asamoah, Dede, and Agyeman Badu, with Gyan harassing the defenders for 75 minutes before Waris comes in with speed! Ghana is winning 2-0.
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 08, 2014 01:11 pm
    lol. nice 300 reference mate. Germany is surely stacked.
  • Mumbi says:
    May 08, 2014 01:18 pm
    Total disaster for ghana. Germany will dismantal ghana badly. Fatau Duada or Kwaresi Adam or whoever ghana will put in the goal shall concede the highest number of goals in his entire carrier from the Germany Game. Sami Khedira is fine and will tear apart trophyless ghana. Don't give yourselves false hope that he 'll be nursing injury during the WC. Germany 9-0 Ghana.
  • Benito says:
    May 08, 2014 01:28 pm
    Listen to this son of Zambia,s most cheapest prostitute,your country cannot and will never play in the world cup...
  • rchiepwpw says:
    May 08, 2014 02:52 pm
    Hahahahahaha their days are numbered, we will put their names TO TEST !!!!
  • Viper says:
    May 08, 2014 12:06 pm
    Die Mannschaft they call them,we will put their name to the test.Come on Ghana.
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    May 08, 2014 12:16 pm
    I hope our scouts for the German team have done their work very well! The Black Stars really have a very high chance of overcoming this German team! For quite a long time now the german coach has been "practicing" a team without depending too much on strikers! However their midfielders are very dangerous, clinical and VICIOUS!!! AA must really have a STEEL DEFENCE to keep the Germans from HITTING US! Other than this, the Germans could be "dealt" with! A good selection of FIT PLAYERS, DISCIPLINED AND FOCUSED IN ALL POSITIONS SHOULD CARRY THE DAY FOR GHANA!!!