Women's World Cup: Red-hot Germany picks youthful team after turnaround

Only four starters for Germany when it lost to the USA, 2-0, in the 2015 Women's World Cup semifinals, were selected to Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's 23-player squad for this summer's tournament in France.

Lena Goessling, the oldest player, is only 30, and Voss-Tecklenburg has called up three teenagers: midfielders Giulia Gwinn (19) and Lena Oberdorf (17) and forward Klara Buehl (18).

All the German players play in the Frauen-Bundesliga except Dzsenifer Marozsan and Carolin Simon, who play for French champion Lyon, which faces Barcelona in the UEFA Women's Champions League final in Budapest on Saturday.

Germany won the gold medal in women's soccer at the 2016 Olympics but exited in the quarterfinals of the 2017 European Championship. After it lost at home to Iceland, 3-2, in World Cup qualifying and went winless in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, Coach Steffi Jones was fired.

Voss-Tecklenburg was appointed head coach at the end of 2018 after interim coach Horst Hrubesch led Germany through qualifying.

Germany, which hasn't lost since Jones was replaced, is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak.

Germany Roster:
Goalkeepers: Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Merle Frohms (Freiburg), Almuth Schult (Wolfsburg).
Defenders: Sara Doorsoun (Wolfsburg), Johanna Elsig (Turbine Potsdam), Lena Goessling (Wolfsburg), Giulia Gwinn (Freiburg), Marina Hegering (SGS Essen), Kathrin Hendrich (Bayern Munich), Leonie Maier (Bayern Munich), Carolin Simon (Lyon/FRA).
Midfielders/Forwards: Klara Buehl (Freiburg), Sara Daebritz (Bayern Munich), Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), Svenja Huth (Turbine Potsdam), Turid Knaak (SGS Essen), Melanie Leupolz (Bayern Munich), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon/FRA), Lena Oberdorf (SGS Essen), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), Lea Schueller (SGS Essen), Verena Schweers (Bayern Munich).
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