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Young Leon Goretzka, Kevin Volland make Germany World Cup 30-man prelim squad

The veteran Maroslav Klose, meanwhile, also made the first round of cuts in earning a place on the pre-World Cup squad, while Mario Gomez was left out by coach Joachim Low,

Germany coach Joachim Low excluded veteran striker Mario Gomez from his 30-man pre-World Cup squad on Thursday.

Gomez, 33, was always a long shot as he has played only nine league games, scoring three goals, for Fiorentina this season.

But having scored 25 times in 59 games for his country, the former Bayern Munich star was hoping to muscle his way into Low’s reckoning.

While he misses out, there is room for 35-year-old Miroslav Klose, who needs just one more World Cup goal to equal the all-time record of 15 set by Brazilian Ronaldo.

On the whole, Low has plumped for a fairly youthful squad with 10 players who were not even born the last time Germany won the World Cup in 1990, as West Germany.

Two such youngsters making the squad were attacking midfielder Leon Goretzka of Schalke and Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland.

As expected runaway Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich provide the greatest number of players with seven, closely followed by Borussia Dortmund, second in the league and supplying five.

One notable returnee is Real Madrid defensive midfielder Sami Khedira, who is back following an injury.

Low will unveil his final squad of 23 on June 2, ahead of the June 13-July 13 tournament.

30-man squad:

Goalkeepers (3): Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders (10): Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders (15): Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forwards (2): Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)

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