Germany World Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

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Germany will be looking to make amends for their performances at the 2018 World Cup when they travel to Qatar for this year's edition of the tournament as they surprisingly finished bottom of the group stage last time around in Russia.

That was then followed up with another underwhelming display at Euro 2020, where England proved to be too strong in the round of 16.

That saw Hansi Flick replace Joachim Low at the helm, with the former Bayern Munich boss desperate to make an impact at his first major tournament as the main man.

The four-time World Cup champions have not been handed an easy draw, though, as they will have to deal with the likes of 2010 champions Spain, Asian powerhouse Japan and Concacaf representative Costa Rica in Group E.

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    GOALKEEPERS

    Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be the man between the sticks in Qatar.

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt's Kevin Trapp have been chosen as the backup keepers.

    Name

    Club

    Manuel Neuer

    Bayern Munich

    Kevin Trapp

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen

    Barcelona

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    DEFENDERS

    Antonio Rudiger is sure to start as one of the centre-backs with Dortmund's Niklas Sule.

    Thilo Kehrer and David Raum will fancy their chances as the main options out wide.

    Other options include Matthias Ginter with promising youngster Armel Bella-Kotchap also making a case for himself this season.

    Name

    Club

    Antonio Rudiger

    Real Madrid

    Matthias Ginter

    SC Freiburg

    Thilo Kehrer

    West Ham

    Niklas Sule

    Dortmund

    Armel Bella-Kotchap

    Southampton

    Nico Schlotterbeck

    Dortmund

    Lukas Klostermann

    RB Leipzig

    Christian Gunter

    SC Freiburg

    David Raum

    Leipzig

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    MIDFIELDERS

    Flick has plenty of options in midfield, both when it comes to defensive-minded players and more creative playmakers.

    Joshua Kimmich is a certainty in midfield and the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt are also set to compete for starting berths.

    Promising youngster Jamal Musiala will add some flair and creativity, while Mario Gotze has returned to the Germany fold after a five-year absence, with the man who scored their winner in the 2014 World Cup final now playing for Eintracht Frankfurt.

    Name

    Club

    Joshua Kimmich

    Bayern Munich

    Jamal Musiala

    Bayern Munich

    Ilkay Gundogan

    Manchester City

    Leon Goretzka

    Bayern Munich

    Julian Brandt

    Dortmund

    Jonas Hofmann

    Borussia Monchengladbach

    Mario Gotze

    Eintracht Frankfurt

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    ATTACKERS

    Germany have plenty of talent to pick from up top as well.

    Chelsea's Kai Havertz and Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry have been called up.

    Leroy Sane endured a bit of a scare after picking up a muscular problem, but returned to match action in Bayern's 3-2 win over Hertha and will board the flight to Qatar.

    Then there's an up-and-coming talent like Karim Adeyemi and Borussia Dortmund's 17-year-old wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko, who will hope to land his first senior cap at the World Cup.

    Name

    Club

    Kai Havertz

    Chelsea

    Serge Gnabry

    Bayern Munich

    Thomas Muller

    Bayern Munich

    Leroy Sane

    Bayern Munich

    Karim Adeyemi

    Dortmund

    Youssoufa Moukoko

    Dortmund

    Niclas Fullkrug

    Werder Bremen

  • EXPECTED XI

    A 4-2-3-1 system is a familiar sighting with Flick in charge.

    It's more than likely to be Neuer's last World Cup in goal.

    Kimmich and Gundogan should provide the defensive stability in front of the centre-back pairing of Sule and Rudiger.

    Klostermann could slot in at right back, with Hoffenheim's Raum on the opposite flank.

    Higher up, Musiala falls in just behind Havertz in attack, with Gnabry and Muller attacking from the wings in the absence of Sane, who's still doubtful due to a minor knock.

    Germany XI (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Klostermann, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Muller, Musiala, Gnabry; Havertz

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    NOTABLE ABSENTEES

    Timo Werner was dealt a cruel blow when an ankle problem ruled him out of the tournament, particularly after his move to RB Leipzig had seen him rediscover his old form somewhat after a difficult spell with Chelsea.

    Dortmund's Marco Reus also misses out with an ankle injury.

    PlayerClubReason
    Timo WernerRB LeipzigInjury
    Marco ReusBorussia DortmundInjury
    Matts HummelsBorussia DortmundTactical