Germany manager Joachim Loew has come out with a very young looking team for the World Cup 2014, as the nation is looking to go that final step and win a major trophy. Germany have been one of the biggest producers of top-level footballers in the last few years. They have been utilising a very young squad for the last few major tournaments. Hence, they were expected to come into the World Cup 2014 with a lot of experience. Loew, who has receded several disappointments in recent major tournaments, has come out with a young squad with an average age of just under 25.
This has been achieved by a result of leaving out experienced players like Mario Gomez and also calling up youngsters like Max Mayer of Schalke. Loew has revealed that he has decided to leave out Gomez, who is currently playing with Fiorentina, due to his persistent injury problems this campaign. The forward has not featured much in the second half of the season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament midway through the campaign. He has featured in 59 appearances for the national team and has scored 25 goals.
It is expected that some of the youngsters announced will face a cut when the final squad is announced on June 2.
Gomez will be extremely disappointed to miss out on the call up for the World Cup at 27 years of age, as he is at the prime of his career. The striker has the experience of playing in the top level football like Champions League. He, however, was guilty of missing a number of clear-cut opportunities in the recent major tournaments and this seems to have played in the minds of Loew. The German manager is under extreme pressure to deliver a trophy for the national team.