Jun 2, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; German starting eleven pose for a photo before the game against the United States at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup roster 2014: Germany starting 11


Germany is one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the odds makers say they’re the European team with the best chance. Germany certainly isn’t lacking for talent anywhere on their roster.

Their defense might be the strongest unit on the pitch for them with some of the best defenders in the world anchoring that back line. You have names like Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm and Jerome Boateng anchoring the group.

Final 23-man roster:

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 Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

MIDFIELDERS: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

FORWARDS: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich)

Coach: Joachim Löw

Germany Starting 11 Projections
Position Player
GK Manuel Neuer
LB Erik Durm
CB Mats Hummels
CB Per Mertesacker
RB Philipp Lahm
CDM Bastian Schweinsteiger
CDM Sami Khedira
LW Marco Reus
CAM Mesut Ozil
RW Thomas Muller
ST Mario Gotze

How do you think the roster looks and is there anyone who could’ve been on the team that was left off? Do you think this roster has enough talent to make a deep run into the tournament? Sound off and let us know in the comments below, we want to hear from you.

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