Chelsea FC midfielder Andre Schurrle has been included in the final 23 man Germany World Cup squad for the tournament in Brazil. Schurrle has had a fine first season in the Premier League and scored some important goals for the Blues both in the league and in the Champions League. He is capable of playing on either wing or up top as a center forward. It is unclear where exactly he will be deployed for the German national team but with the inclusion of only one out and out striker he may spend some time at forward.
The decision by German manager Joachim Low to only bring one out and out striker in Miroslav Klose is a curious one at best. He does not have many other choices but Mario Gomez and Stefan Kiessling at least provided a different option off the bench. Low does have Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle who can play the forward position and Podolski usually has great success with the national team.
While Klose is a fantastic option and can still bang in goals aplenty for his team, having other strikers would have made things a lot easier in a pinch. This could give Andre Schurrle the opportunity to show the world what he can do in a position he does not play very often. One way or another, hopefully Schurrle factors in to Low’s plans and gets plenty of playing time in the World Cup this summer.
The 2014 Germany World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (FC Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forward: Miroslav Klose (Lazio).
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