Created on 08-05-2014 at 12:32 PM
Germany coach Joachim Löw has named a total of seven Bayern players in his 30-strong preliminary squad for the World Cup in Brazil. Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Jérôme Boateng and Toni Kroos have all made the cut and form the largest contingent from a single club.
The 30 names include a total of six debutants at this level. First-ever senior call-ups went to Dortmund full-back Erik Durm, Schalke midfield duo Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka and Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland. Augsburg wide man André Hahn and Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi have been called up before but have yet to make international debuts.
Former FCB goal-getter Mario Gomez is a surprise omission, although the striker has missed most of the season with Fiorentina due to injury. The Germans now retreat to a training camp in South Tyrol. Following the penultimate warm-up match against Cameroon, Löw must whittle his squad down to the final 23 players for submission to world governing body FIFA on 2 June.
Preliminary Germany squad for the World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jérôme Boateng, Philipp Lahm (both FC Bayern), Erik Durm, Kevin Großkreutz, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (all Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria)
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer (all Schalke 04), Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all FC Bayern), André Hahn (FC Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski (both Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), André Schürrle (Chelsea)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)