Joachim with trademark scarf (©GettyImages)
Joachim with trademark scarf (©GettyImages).

Germany to unveil World Cup kit at media launch?

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Joachim Low has named 26 players for a "media launch" next month.

The media launch will no doubt coincide with the launch of the new German away kit for this year's World Cup. The team will join together for two days in Munich for team bonding and media work.

With the team not actually playing any games its unlikely the 26 man squad being assembled will be the squad heading to Brazil, but it could serve as a rough guide.

The list contains all of the usual suspects, plus a few who will have their work cut out for them if they harbour hopes of breaking into the World Cup squad.

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

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburger SV), Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach).

In a press announcement this week Low said: "For us all, there is nothing greater than a World Cup in Brazil and we just can't wait for it to start."

The squad does have some noticeable exceptions in the Arsenal players who are committed to matches during that time- namely the likes of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

The squad also has no mention of Borrusia Monchengladbach Keeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen who is rumoured to be joining Barcelona in the summer.

Germany's away kit, due to be released on Valentines day, is said to be a black and red number and will no doubt be officially unveiled at the start ofGerma this media weekend.

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