Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm (both Bayern Munich), Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz, Mats Hummels (all Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
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With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski, Germany will have no problem creating chances. A hungry Miroslav Klose will be looking to break the World Cup goal scoring record and has the class to convert those opportunities he is presented with.
Injuries have ravaged the Germans’ defensive ability. Sven and Lars Bender, along with Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, will be sorely missed. This leaves Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira to play in the deep lying midfield roles, but both are struggling for fitness after injury. Marcel Schmelzer will miss out, leaving Germany with limited options at left-back.
Philipp Lahm. Bayern Munich’s versatile talisman has been outstanding for club and country for years now. He is usually deployed in his natural right-back position for Germany, but Joachim Low might copy Pep Guardiola and play in midfield given that options are limited.
The Germans have failed at the semi-final stage recently so that will be a minimum requirement this time around. A potential semi final with Brazil will a real test, but if they hit their stride by then, they can easily go on to win.
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