The Germany XI that will NOT be featuring at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
It is hard to pick a favorite for the upcoming FIFA World Cup because of the quality of some of the teams participating in Russia. Nevertheless, one can safely place a bet on Germany making the final four based on recent history because they’ve finished 1st, 3rd, 3rd and 2nd in the previous four editions.
The defending World Champions will have a tough task if they are to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their title.
The good thing for Germany is that many of their key players from the previous World Cup are still part of the squad and this list features the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels. Chances are that they will all have a starting role in Russia.
However, when Joachim Low announced the preliminary squad, there was one major omission but one which wasn’t surprising. Mario Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the final four years ago will watch the World Cup from home.
Given the depth in quality Germany possess, several players were bound to miss out on a ticket to Russia and we made an XI of such players.
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius
Joachim Low named Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp in his preliminary squad for the World Cup and surely one of them will no be flying to Russia. It could be Manuel Neuer because of his injury or it could be Kevin Trapp who has served as #2 at PSG.
Germany have no shortage of top goalkeepers and there are several other shot-stoppers playing at the highest level like Liverpool’s Loris Karius who are nowhere near the national team setup as things stand.
Karius has been Liverpool’s undisputed starter since the turn of the year and has played every Champions League game bar the qualifiers for this year’s finalists.
The German has won the confidence of his manager and a vast majority of the fans with his performance which has seen him keep eight clean sheets in the 16 league games he has played while conceding just 13 goals!
Funnily though, when Germany won the World Cup in 2014, the understudies to Manuel Neuer were Roman Weidenfeller and Ron-Robert Zieler. They too are not in contention!