Mesut Ozil to start up front for Germany?

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Germany manager Joachim Low may have called up just one genuine central striker for the World Cup, with Miroslav Klose that man, but he does have a wealth of attacking midfielders at his disposal. It is likely, then, that Low will select one of the latter to lead the line for the opening fixture with Portugal, and Mesut Ozil may be the player tasked with doing so.

That is how BILD sees the situation, anyway, with the German newspaper predicting that Ozil will spearhead an XI packed with a wealth of creative midfield talent, who also pose a significant goal threat.

Ozil, a record £42.5 million signing for Arsenal last summer, is placed at the summit of what is, essentially, a six-man midfield with Gunners colleague Lukas Podolski taking up a wide left position, Toni Kroos in the centre and Thomas Muller occupying the right flank.

BILD speculate that Philipp Lahm and Sami Khedira will provide the anchor for Low’s set-up, with the Bayern Munich captain having excelled in a central midfield position for his club after being moved from full-back by Pep Guardiola.

The Germany back five almost picks itself, with Jerome Boateng and Benedikt Howedes on either side, with the imposing pair of Per Mertesacker and Mats Hummels the central duo in front of undoubted No.1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Germany face Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on June 16.

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