The experienced pair are among those missing out as Joachim Low has announced his squad for Die Mannschaft's first match since their semifinal defeat to Italy at Euro 2012.
Captain Philipp Lahm misses out due to the impending birth of his child, while Arsenal pair Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are omitted to help them prepare for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Sunderland on Aug. 18.
“Philipp [Lahm] wanted to play, but after speaking to him on the phone, I made the decision to leave him to his private life,” Low told the German Football Association’s official website. “Three days after the international match in Frankfurt, the Premier League season starts in England, so it's important that Per [Mertesacker], who was injured for a long time, and Lukas [Podolski], who is fighting for a regular place in the team, are able to prepare for the tasks ahead with their club.”
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tim Wiese has also been cut, with his international future now in serious doubt as Germany looks to proceed with a younger understudy to current No. 1, Manuel Neuer.
"Hansi Flick and I had a long conversation with Tim [Wiese] in Hoffenheim, and we have informed him that we are planning to use a younger goalkeeper for World Cup qualifying," revealed goalkeeping coach Andreas Klope.
Bayern Munich pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez have also been excluded due to injury, with Low naming only one recognized striker in his squad in the form of Lazio’s Miroslav Klose.
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich|
|Lars Bender||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Holger Badstuber||Bayern Munich|
|Jerome Boateng||Bayern Munich|
|Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund|
|Marcel Schmelzer||Borussia Dortmund|
|Sven Bender||Borussia Dortmund|
|Mario Gotze||Borussia Dortmund|
|Ilkay Gondogan||Borussia Dortmund|
|Sami Khedira||Real Madrid|
|Tomi Kroos||Bayern Munich|
|Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich|
|Mesut Ozil||Real Madrid|
|Andre Schurrle||Bayer Leverkusen|