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Left-field Low selection
Christoph Kramer made his debut in Germany’s last match, the goalless draw against Poland.
The 23-year-old star from Borussia Moenchengladbach was called up a day later to the provisional squad after impressing in defensive midfield against the Poles.
Kramer looks to have burst into the spotlight at just the right time.
Lars Bender was ruled out completely last week with a thigh injury. In defensive midfield, there are ongoing injury concerns over Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Khedira.
This will be a home match for Jogi Low’s left-field selection, who’s currently on a two-year loan deal to Gladbach from Bayer Leverkusen.
Low waxed lyrical about Kramer at the training camp: “My impression of him is absolutely positive. He has a good chance of going to Brazil. He tackles very well, is confident on the ball and has a great engine.”
A sound performance against Cameroon can seal Kramer’s seat on the plane that leaves Frankfurt on June 7.