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Germany vs. Cameroon: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Germany's Julian Draxler watches his team mates during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Poland in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2014

Joachim Low approaches Monday's deadline date for his final 23-man squad announcement with one more chance to assess his options against Cameroon this Sunday.

Die Mannschaft were unimpressive in their 0-0 draw against Poland in mid-May, but this weekend's examination gives those fringe candidates a last chance to give their coach reason to select them for this summer's World Cup.

Cameroon will be Germany's penultimate warm-up match before they take on their World Cup opponents in Group A and G, respectively, with all the viewing details and preview of the fixture discussed ahead.

 

Date: Sunday, June 1

Time: 7:30 p.m. BST/2:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream: BT Sport app (U.K., subscription required), beIN Sports Play (U.S., subscription required) 

TV Info: BT Sport 2 (U.K.), beIN Sports 12/13

 

Ones to Watch

Germany: Julian Draxler

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Julian Draxler of Schalke is challenged by Asier Illarramendi of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2014 in
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Having failed to conjure any real magic against Poland in May, Cameroon presents Schalke's Julian Draxler with another opportunity to show Low why he might sneak into the front of his mind this summer.

The attacking midfielder happens to be one of Germany's brightest pupils, but he's unfortunate in that his talents apply to a portion of the pitch that's currently well accounted for, with the likes of Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller each likely to be competing for similar placement.

It remains unclear as to whether Kevin Volland will be handed another chance up front this weekend, should Low field a "striker" presence at all, but a lot of Draxler's fortune in finding targets after driving to the by-line could rest on that factor alone.

 

Cameroon: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14:  Yuichi Komano of Japan and Eric Choupo Moting of Cameroon battle for the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Japan and Cameroon at the Free State Stadium on June 14, 2010 in Mangaun
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Mainz-based Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting sits as one of Cameroon's most technically gifted assets, and the attacker is in better spirits after netting his side's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Thursday.

The winger netted after coming on as a 75th-minute substitute which, as OptaFranz shows, is something of a specialty of his:

Choupo-Moting will be one of those in the Cameroon setup more familiar with Germany's stars than the rest thanks to his Bundesliga headquarters, and that advantage might make his approach to the game a most intriguing aspect to keep an eye on.

 

Key Battle

Max Meyer vs. Alex Song

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Low chose to field a central attacking partnership of Volland and Max Meyer against Poland several weeks ago, and the latter of those two might get another opportunity to fill in as a No. 10 provision as the manager seeks to make the final tweaks to his tactics.

Schalke's playmaker has succeeded in displacing Draxler from the central creative hub at club level, but it's a far weightier task for the 18-year-old to even consider at international standard.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 26:  Alex Song of Barcelona speaks to a team mate during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at Amsterdam Arena on November 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean M
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Alex Song, while lacking in first-team involvement at Barcelona this past season, remains one of the Indomitable Lions' most respected team members, well capable of fulfilling his responsibilities as a disruptor of opposition movement and box-to-box duties.

Meyer is something of a wild card to make this summer's World Cup considering it's so evident that a bright future very probably lies ahead, and this could be a make-or-break performance for him as much as any.

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