Our German Fan Ambassador reflects on a few eye-catching selections as Joachim Löw prepares for the challenge ahead in Brazil this summer
Head coach Joachim Löw has announced his preliminary squad for the World Cup in Brazil and he has created not just one shock but several to match David Odonkor’s call up in 2006 – and we all know how that ended up when he came on as a sub and provided the cross for Oliver Neuville’s decisive goal against Poland.
It starts in goal, where Marc-Andre ter Stegen gets to play the friendly against Poland next week, but will not be travelling to South America. Ron-Robert Zieler will take his spot. Surprise number one, check!
The next comes on the left side just in front of the keeper. Erik Durm has not been capped yet and has played only a couple of Bundesliga matches. Now he could become World Cup winner 2014. Surprise number two, check!
Durm has got his chance after proving a great replacement for the injured Marcel Schmelzer at Dortmund. His form could see him take his colleague’s place in the national team, especially after being called up against Chile although he did not play. I think Durm has a better chance of playing than Sampdoria’s Shkrodan Mustafi, for example.
The biggest surprise choices are, without doubt, in midfield, where Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer have been included. Both youngsters have enjoyed a superb time at Schalke. Former Bochum man Goretzka struggled at his new club at first but he has now got his breakthrough.
And Meyer is THE revelation of the season. His performance in the second leg against Real Madrid was awesome and despite his age – he is only 18 – he already has international experience. His agent Torsten Weck has just sung his praises him on Goal.com Germany: “His development is so positive. You have to bow to how he coped with this difficult season at only 18 years of age.”
In attack, Kevin Volland will make the final team. Joachim Löw should take two strikers to the tournament and since he has decided against Mario Gomez, Volland should already have secured his ticket.
The coach has learned from former tournaments and not called up any injured players. Miroslav Klose is on his way back to his best shape and Löw always held a spot for Sami Khedira. We need to keep our fingers crossed for Real Madrid in Lisbon later this month. The former Stuttgart man would arrive at the World Cup even stronger with a Champions League winner’s medal in his suitcase!