Germany coach Joachim Löw came out with his preliminary World Cup roster and the two glaring absences for Die Nationalmannschaft where those of Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez and Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The German-Spaniard striker suffered through fitness issues all season long and finally Löw could not wait for him any longer. Gomez injury bug and his lack of playing time was a major factor for him to not be called up, yet at the same time Löw called up Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira to the squad despite having been out
Another absence was Hamburg's Rene Adler who has been in some complications and is currently in a battle to avoid relegation. His form, in combination with the emergence of Borussia Dortmund shot stopper Roman Weidenfeller in the national team pecking order saw Adler drop off from being the back up to Manuel Neuer to being off the squad completely.
Another goalkeeper that was left off the squad was Gladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen goalkeeper, he was in the middle of a media storm after being targeted by FC Barcelona and had even signed a contract with the Catalan side before they ended up being handed a transfer ban that was then taken away. Despite not being on the World Cup roster, ter Stegen was called up to be part of the squad that will face Poland on May 13 against Poland. Löw selected him and several other alternate players as both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund would be taking part in the final of the DFB Pokal on May 17 in Berlin.
A mild surprise was the addition of both Sampdoria man Shkodran Mustafi who received his first call up to the national team earlier this year in the match against Chile. The same goes for Freiburg man Matthias Ginter as well as Augsburg's Andre Hahn.
Lazio's Miroslav Klose will have a chance to break the all-time scoring record in the World Cup as he earns a fourth trip to the tournament. Meanwhile the second striker that was called up was long overdue in Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland.
Germany will head to Brazil to their custom built camp in Santo Andre. From there they will play Portugal in Bahia on June 16. Five days later, they will face Ghana at the Arena Castelão in Pernambuco. They will wrap up their group play the US in Recife on June 26.
LIST FOR FRIENDLY AGAINST POLAND
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria-ITA), Antonio Rüdiger (Stuttgart), Oliver Sorg (Freiburg)
Midfielders / Strikers: Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Max Meyer (Schalke 04), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)
PROVISIONAL WORLD CUP LIST
Goalkeepers : Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders : Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal-ENG), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria-ITA), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders : Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke 04), Mesut Özil (Arsenal-ENG), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) Lukas Podolski (Arsenal-ENG), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea-ENG), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Attackers : Miroslav Klose (Lazio-ITA), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)