Due to recent injuries to key players Michael Ballack, Christian Traesch, and Heiko Westermann, Loew had only one cut to make in order to trim his provisional squad down to 23 men.
Left with just two natural central midfielders in his squad, the Germany gaffer appeared set to omit a striker, but instead left out Hoffenheim right back Andreas Beck.
After Westermann, a versatile defender and midfielder, was forced to withdraw with injury, there was speculation that veteran enforcer Torsten Frings would earn a call-up. However, Loew opted to trust youth and stick with members of his provisional squad.
Among those included in Loew's final squad are international newcomers Dennis Aogo, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, and Thomas Mueller. Additionally, youngsters Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin and Sami Khedira were included, giving die Mannschaft a distinctly youthful look.
Germany, led by new captain Philipp Lahm, are set to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday in their final warm-up match before the world's greatest contest begins. Ten days later, the three-time World Cup winners begin their quest for glory against Australia.
|Manuel Neuer||Schalke 04|
|Tim Wiese||Werder Bremen
|Hans-Joerg Butt||Bayern Munich
|Philipp Lahm||Bayern Munich|
|Dennis Aogo||Hamburger SV|
|Holger Badstuber||Bayern Munich|
|Jerome Boateng||Hamburger SV|
|Per Mertesacker||Werder Bremen|
|Arne Friedrich||Hertha Berlin|
|Bastian Schweinsteiger||Bayern Munich|
|Piotr Trochwoski||Hamburger SV|
|Marko Marin||Werder Bremen|
|Mesut Ozil||Werder Bremen|
|Toni Kroos||Bayern Munich|
|Marcell Jansen||Hamburger SV|
|Mario Gomez||Bayern Munich|
|Thomas Mueller||Bayern Munich
|Miroslav Klose||Bayern Munich|
|Lukas Podolski||1 FC Koeln|
|Stefan Kiessling||Bayer Leverkusen|