Including Kevin Volland for the World Cup was not the only surprise when the Germany squad for Brazil was announced. Joachim Low also left out Barcelona target Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Germany have an array of talent available to them and it was not easy for Low to whittle it down to only 23 names. Of course, some of them will have to stay at home.
Mario Gomez was not picked, probably because of his recent injuries at Fiorentina. The 28-year-old could, however, be in contention European Championship 2016.
Ter Stegen was surprisingly left out, as Ron-Robert Zieler got a chance. Ter Stegen's quality is enormous, but the number of goals he has conceded in international games damaged his chances. 12 conceded goals in three matches should tell you enough.
Volland's call-up, however, was the biggest surprise. He is one of two strikers to be a part of the team. Even better, he has never represented the Germany senior national team. The 21-year-old is on an impressive run at Hoffenheim, with 10 goals and nine assists in 32 matches.
He is already valued at €18 million, but that doesn't mean he will be starting right away. Miroslav Klose has far more experience and could be favoured for a place among the starting XI.
Still, there are plenty of great players who could have ended up on Low's list. Max Kruse scored more goals than Volland this season, but hasn't earned a place on the list. As well as Kruse, Ilkay Gundogan will be watching the World Cup from the stands.
So who would you pick? Germany are one of strongest favourites and are likely to go all the way. They still feel pain from losing Euro 2008 finals against Spain. Could this be the year for the team?
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