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Low names Germany squad

August 8, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

The Germany squad is dominated by Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich players ahead of the friendly against Paraguay next week.

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PA PhotosGermany coach Joachim Low has called upon lots of talent from the Bundesliga's top two teams.

Defenders Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer are joined by midfielders Sven Bender, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus in the Dortmund contingent. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng are present from Bayern.

However, Bayern trio Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all missing as they continue to recover from injury. For Schweinsteiger it is the 11th consecutive friendly game he misses.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, coach Joachim Low said that he is going into the final season before the World Cup "with high hopes and full of anticipation".

In September, Germany will take on Austria and the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualification group.

Two wins with Sweden not picking up all three points in their tie against Ireland would see Germany through to the World Cup in Brazil.

"We are in our final descent on Brazil and can already see the Sugar Loaf Mountain," Low added.

Other notable names include Serie A strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, who will compete for a spot in Germany’s attack, while Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are also included.

Real Madrid duo Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil also make the cut, alongside Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke’s Julian Draxler.



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