Forget about the likes of Andre Schurrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ilkay Gundogan, Jerome Boateng, Lukas Podolski, Manuel Neuer, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, et al.
To illustrate how expansive Germany's talent pool is, here are 10 Bundesliga players, either on the outside looking in or a backup in Joachim Low's German national football team squad.
Andre Hahn, Augsburg RW, Age: 23
In Germany, the term joker is used in reference to a goalscoring impact sub and Hahn, who has been selected in Low's squad to face Chile, could be Germany's joker at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Hahn's athleticism is astonishing.
He is a 6'1" winger/quasi-forward, who wins 6.2 headers per game, the third-highest in the Bundesliga.
Yet, he is more known for his pace and how he is a one-man counterattack for Augsburg.
He is direct (10 goals in league play; the same as Manchester United's £300,000-a-week Wayne Rooney), can finish with either feet and a constant threat to opposing teams.
Bernd Leno, Bayer Leverkusen GK, Age: 22
Leno is Leverkusen's undisputed No. 1 and is emerging as one of Europe's best goalkeepers.
He has saved 73 shots from 99 shots faced, per Fox Soccer, which is a 73.7 save percentage.
During the 2011-12 season, he was ranked as the Bundesliga's best keeper, per Kicker.
Christoph Kramer, Borussia Monchengladbach CM (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen), Age: 23
Kramer has formed a strong bond with teammate Granit Xhaka in the heart of Gladbach's midfield and the duo combine to accumulate 134 passes per game.
Kramer can create space for himself by charging past players and he has the potential to be a dominant presence in midfield for a major club in several years' time.
Gonzalo Castro, Bayer Leverkusen CM/RF, Age: 26
Castro is such an all-round player that he can fill in in a wide forward role or be an influential figure in midfield.
He is a creative hub, registering eight assists in the Bundesliga, which is tied with Stuttgart's Alexandru Maxim, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino for most in the German top flight.
Kevin Volland, Hoffenheim RAM, Age: 21
Volland has been a factor in Hoffenheim's high-powered attack (third most goals in the Bundesliga) this season.
He had scored eight times, created three goals, while being able to take on opposing players (averages 2.5 dribbles per game).
Hoffenheim will struggle to keep him and his teammate Firmino as both are ready to move on to bigger and better things.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Borussia Monchengladbach GK, Age: 21
Ter Stegen had a Victor Valdes-like brain fade against Eintracht Braunschweig, which also happened against the United States when Ter Stegen played for Germany.
That said, he is a magnificent shot-stopper.
On the subject of Valdes, Ter Stegen is the prohibitive favourite to become Barcelona's No. 1, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana).
England do not even have a No. 1 (Joe Hart did not even start in Manchester City's League Cup final while Celtic's Fraser Forster needs to be playing in a stronger league), whereas Germany have arguably Europe's best keeper in Neuer and a high-quality backup in Ter Stegen.
Max Kruse, Borussia Monchengladbach DLF, Age: 25
Kruse can score, create, dribble and contribute to maintaining possession.
Kruse and Raffael are an enterprising partnership since Gladbach are playing a 4-4-2 system without a No. 9, meaning both players are deep-lying forwards, who drop deep into midfield.
Kruse is not a vital member of Low's squad, but the 25-year-old would be the go-to guy for the large majority of other countries because he is a special player.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Hamburg CF (on loan from Hertha Berlin), Age: 22
If Low abandons the false-nine system, then Lasogga could be Germany's starting No. 9 at the World Cup.
Here are several reasons why.
- Fiorentina's Mario Gomez is starting from the bottom again, per Randall Hauk at the Telegraph.
- Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling has irreconcilable differences towards Low, per the Express (h/t Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC).
- Father time is catching up to Lazio's Miroslav Klose, 35, who will probably use Cameroonian Roger Milla as inspiration to make the dream of scoring at the upcoming World Cup a reality (Milla scored World Cup goals as a 38-year-old and 42-year-old).
- Lasogga has scored 11 times in the Bundesliga this season, the most by a German.
Robin Knoche, Wolfsburg CB, Age: 21
Knoche had a game to forget when Hoffenheim scored six.
However, that was more a case of how hot Hoffenheim can get when they are functioning cohesively, rather than Knoche being a defensive liability.
Knoche tackles well, cuts off passes, wins 4.9 headers per game and facilitates from the back (averages 55.2 passes per game).
He deserves more credit than he gets because he is good enough to make the next step up.
Tony Jantschke, Borussia Monchengladbach CB/RB, Age: 23
Jantschke is Gladbach's Mr. Reliable.
He is an elite right-back in traditional terms of a right-back staying back and being defence-first.
Considering how solid his positional sense is and how calm he is, it is no surprise that he has played 13 games at centre-back this season.