The Top 10 German Talents to Watch for at the 2018 World Cup

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The Top 10 German Talents to Watch for at the 2018 World Cup
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The 2014 World Cup may be the last chance for some of the Mannschaft's current stars to become world champions.

Miroslav Klose is 36 years old, Philipp Lahm turns 31 in November, Bastian Schweinsteiger 30 in August and Per Mertesacker 30 in September. But it is certainly not an endgame for a deep German talent pool that will be ripe to take on any challenge that may await at the 2018 World Cup, and beyond.

In 2018, the players who won the 2009 under-21 European Championship will be no older than 31; those who won the 2007 under-17 Championship will be 26 and those who won the 2008 under-19 Championship will be 29.

Since those title-winning youth sides, dozens more have come through the Bundesliga's academies, some of whom all but skipping the youth national teams on the road to becoming fully-capped senior internationals.

Even still, there are many potential world-class talents in the making who are yet to impose themselves in the senior German national team.

With that in mind, B/R has created a list of the top 10 German talents (in alphabetical order by surname) to look out for ahead of the next World Cup. Those selected are those who were not selected to Low's final 2014 World Cup squad and who are eligible to represent Germany at next summer's under-21 European Championship. Click "Begin Slideshow" for the full list.

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