Germany unveils preliminary World Cup roster


At a press conference on Thursday at the German Football Association (DFB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Joachim Löw announced Germany's preliminary World Cup squad ahead of the start of the tournament next month in Brazil. By June 2, Löw must submit a final roster of 23 players that will actually travel to the tournament.

Long-time Germany striker Mario Gomez, who has struggled with injuries all season at Fiorentina, was left out of the preliminary squad. Keeper Rene Adler, whose Hamburg squad is fighting against relegation in the Bundesliga, also missed.

Löw said Gomez's lack of fitness and playing time were the main reasons behind the striker's omission.

"I really wish for the team that Mario Gomez had been fit and that he had played in the last few months," Löw said, adding that Gomez had only played about 280 minutes since September.

Only a matter of weeks following his move to Italy, Gomez suffered injury problems when he damaged ligaments in his right-knee during a match at Cagliari. Soon after his return to training, he suffered a tear in his opposite knee.

He's only managed to feature nine times in Serie A this season, completing only two full 90 minute matches for La Viola in the league. His last appearance for the German national team came in August as a substitute in the 3-3 draw with Paraguay.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, who has also been plagued by injury all season, did make the cut. Löw said Khedira had constantly improved after coming back from his cruciate ligament rupture, and that the team was prepared to take a "calculated risk" in selecting the midfielder.

Preliminary World Cup roster:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller, Ron–Robert Zieler

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielders: Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter, Leon Goretzka, Mario Götze, Andre Hahn, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Max Meyer, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Strikers: Miroslav Klose, Kevin Volland


Poor Mario :(