Olaf Thon has criticised Germany boss Joachim Low for failing to name Pierre-Michel Lasogga in his World Cup squad and accused the coach of leaving himself short of options in attack.
Low opted to name just two out and out strikers for this summer's tournament in Brazil, with Miroslav Klose and Kevin Volland expected to shoulder the goalscoring burden.
Lukas Podolski could also operate in a central berth, but Thon believes Low's decision could prove costly and says he should have taken one of the Bundesliga's most prolific players.
The former Germany international told Goal: "We could be better positioned. One has to ask why he has not taken Max Kruse? For me there is no clear statement.
"We have left ourselves thin. Only Miroslav Klose and Kevin Volland are strikers. Steffan Kiessling or the stronger Lasogga could have gone.
"He has almost single-handedly kept Hamburg in the league. Every national team needs a war machine like him in a tournament."
Germany face a tough task to emerge from Group G after they were pitted alongside Portugal, Ghana and the USA.