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Germany's Loew: 'We have set big targets'
by Paul Kennedy, June 2nd, 2014 3:46PM
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[WORLD CUP 2014] Miroslav Klose, who is one goal shy of Ronaldo's World Cup record of 15 career goals, is the only striker listed on Germany's final squad for Brazil 2014, but Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted his team, which closes out group play against the USA, has the depth -- and character -- to do big things in Brazil.

"It is a balanced squad and with two players available for every position," Loew said. "Our players have character and the team has character. We will travel with this squad to Brazil with a lot of confidence because we have set big targets."

In Sunday's 2-2 tie with Cameroon, Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze played as the forward. His Bayern teammate, Thomas Mueller, can also play up front.

Loew cut Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland to get down to his final 23-man squad on Monday. Other cuts were defender Shkodran Mustafi and injured left back Marcel Schmelzer.

"Obviously Shkodran, Marcel and Kevin are very disappointed and I understand that because they had every right to hope they would be in Brazil," Loew said. "All three are players who still have the chance to take part in several big tournaments in their careers."

Borussia Dortmund left back Erik Durm and Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer were the only players uncapped when Loew named his short list who made the final 23.

Key players Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger all sat out the Cameroon friendly.

"I am 100 percent convinced of all the players' abilities," Loew said. "We have the right mix of many young and hugely talented players and players with a lot of tournament experience who know what it is all about."

Germany Roster:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal/ENG), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid/SPA), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal/ENG), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea/ENG), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio/ITA).


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