7 Players Who Could Be Cut from Germany's Provisional World Cup Squad

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7 Players Who Could Be Cut from Germany's Provisional World Cup Squad
Michael Probst/Associated Press

On Thursday, the German Football Association (DFB) announced its provisional roster for the World Cup this summer in Brazil.

On the 30-player roster were many familiar names but also some surprising new faces. Experienced players such as Rene Adler and Mario Gomez were omitted while young players such as Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka were called up for the first time.

Germany coach Joachim Low now has until June 2nd to submit the final 23-man roster to FIFA with training camp starting in southern Austria at the end of the month. 

With only a little over three weeks of preparation between the beginning of camp and their group-stage opener against Portugal, Low has to finalize his squad for Brazil. 

Germany will play three friendlies before they leave for Brazil on June 7th and seven players will not be checking in their boarding pass.

Let us take a look at the seven players most likely to get cut from Germany's provisional roster below and why.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz (both Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

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