German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew named six strikers to the preliminary 27-man squad for next month’s World Cup.
Miroslav Klose, Stefan Kiessling, Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez, Cacau and Thomas Mueller are in the group of players preparing for the tournament, according to a statement on the German soccer federation website. Germany faces Malta in a warm- up match later this week.
The team has three games before heading to South Africa for the tournament, which starts June 11. Loew will trim the squad by four players by June 1. Chelsea’s Michael Ballack, who’s played 98 times for the national team, is the only member not playing in the Bundesliga.
German team Goalkeepers Hans-Jorg Butt Bayern Munich Manuel Neuer Schalke 04 Tim Wiese Werder Bremen Defenders Dennis Aogo Hamburger SV Holger Badstuber Bayern Munich Andreas Beck Hoffenheim Jerome Boateng Hamburger SV Arne Friedrich Hertha Berlin Marcell Jansen Hamburger SV Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich Per Mertesacker Werder Bremen Serdar Tasci Stuttgart Heiko Westermann Schalke 04 Midfielders Michael Ballack Chelsea Sami Khedira Stuttgart Toni Kroos Bayer Leverkusen Marko Marin Werder Bremen Mesut Ozil Werder Bremen Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich Christian Traesch Stuttgart Piotr Trochowski Hamburger SV Strikers Cacau Stuttgart Mario Gomez Bayern Munich Stefan Kiessling Bayer Leverkusen Miroslav Klose Bayern Munich Thomas Mueller Bayern Munich Lukas Podolski Koln
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