2018 FIFA World Cup: German squad looks solid
Germany have already named a provisional 27-member squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and it will be cut to 23 instead in the coming time. The defending champions have a host of names that can set the stage on fire and Germany definitely go to Russia as one of the leading favorites. Here we analyze Joachim Low's squad.
Germany have all their bases covered
Germany have left several players out, who are worthy of playing in World Cup. This shows the quality they have on board. Even with Manuel Neuer being ruled out, their goalkeeping options are solid with Barcelona stalwart Marc-Andre ter Stegen expected to lead the line. The mid-field looks sorted with players providing different attributes. The defense and forward line have the desired experience.
Kroos, Khedira the aces in mid-field
Real Madrid stalwart Toni Kroos will lead the mid-field charge and he is a potent threat. His trophy wins for Real has helped him grow as a determined leader. Playing alongside him will be Sami Khedira. Khedira is another serial winner with Juventus. Supporting the two, there is solid depth with players Gundogan, Goretzka and Brandt.
The back-four have skill and steel
A settled unit at the back greets Germany. Low's trust for Jonas Hector at left-back is telling. Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng have a great understanding; developed while playing for Bayern Munich. Joshua Kimmich showed his capabilities in the Champions League playing for Bayern. Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Gladbach's Matthias Ginter are sturdy back-ups, who are very well crafted.
Fitness of Reus key for German attack
During qualifiers, Low mainly played a 4-2-3-1 formation. With Marco Reus back in the scheme of things, he is likely to play on the left flank with Mesut Ozil as a number 10. If Thomas Mueller gets the nod as a striker or even a false nine, then Julian Draxler will feature on the right side. But the fitness of Reus is essential.
Youngsters Sane, Werner the X-factor for Germans
Leroy Sane could add value, after having a defining season with Manchester City where he scored 14 in 49 appearances. Also RB Leipzig's Timo Werner is another special talent. The striker has been in tremendous form in the past two seasons, scoring 42 times.Share this timeline