Germany's preliminary squad
FC Bayern and Germany's undisputed No 1
Roman Weidenfeller forced his way into the reckoning with a string of consistent performances for Borussia Dortmund, exhibiting his talents both on the domestic front and in the UEFA Champions League.
Formerly on the books of Manchester United FC, Hannover 96's
Educated at FC Bayern,
Benedikt Höwedes made his senior debut for Germany in June 2011 and has gone on to pick up 18 caps since, scoring one goal. Previous outings under Löw have seen the FC Schalke 04 captain feature at right-back, but he'll have to prove his fitness to book his ticket to Brazil.
Per Mertesacker is the giant at the heart of the Germany defence. The Arsenal FC stopper, formerly of Hannover 96 and SV Werder Bremen, is one of the longest-serving players in Löw's squad having made his debut back in 2004.
Shkodran Mustafi (r.), on the other hand, is a relatively new face. The U.C. Sampdoria defender is learning his trade from some of the best in Italy's Serie A and caught Löw's eye with some impressive performances for the German U21 team.
Accolades aside, having previously played at both a full-back and in the centre of the defence for FC Bayern and
It can be argued that Kevin Großkreutz (l.) boasts an even greater level of versatility than Boateng. Officially named as a defender
Marcell Jansen (r.) is the only representative of Hamburger SV on the 30-man shortlist. The 28-year-old has previously featured at EURO 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2012 for Germany, but faces stiff competition for a spot at left-back.
Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has been waxing lyrical about 21-year-old
Marcel Schmelzer (r.) is the third Dortmund defender on the roster. The 26-year-old full-back made his debut in 2010 and having made the left full-back berth his own throughout qualifying, is likely to be Löw's first-choice to feature on the left side of Germany's back four.
Philipp Lahm will be leading the three-time World Champions out onto the field in Brazil. The only question is: where will the Bayern skipper play? Lahm has filled in at his natural position of right back as well as in defensive midfield for club and country this season, underlining his versatility and importance.
Lars Bender has earned the nod over twin brother Sven for a defensive midfield berth. The Bayer 04 Leverkusen enforcer had also been chosen ahead of his brother for EURO 2012 in which he scored a crucial goal against Denmark despite plying his trade at right back in the encounter.
Julian Draxler became the youngest ever player to make 100 Bundesliga appearances on Matchday 33 of the current campaign. Despite not yet being 21, the Schalke attacker already has 10 caps under his belt and could be in contention despite a season littered with injury problems.
One of FC Bayern's biggest summer signings,
Dubbed the new Michael Ballack, Schalke's young midfielder
Andre Hahn (c.) has caught the eye particularly this season with some explosive performances, already earning a transfer from surprise package FC Augsburg to Mönchengladbach next season as well as recognition from the national team coach, who has handed him his second call-up.
Real Madrid CF's
Toni Kroos (r.) is one of seven FC Bayern representatives in the squad. Combining a deadly shot with excellent positional awareness, the 24-year-old will fancy his chances of making the cut at the end of May, following another stand out year with the record titleholders.
After making his comeback from injury after the winter break,
So impressive have
Just as comfortable playing as a holding midfielder as he is standing at the heart of a backline,
Thomas Müller was voted the player of the tournament at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when he also finished as top goalscorer. Once mistaken by Diego Maradona as a ballboy, the Bayern forward is now one of the most familiar faces in world football.
Marco Reus was voted into UEFA's 2013 Team of the Year after helping Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final. The attacking midfielder has been in exceptional form in the second half of the season and boasts an excellent strike rate for his country with seven goals in 19 appearances.
Andre Schürrle chose Chelsea FC to broaden his football horizons, and the former 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger has added a new string to his bow in the 2013/14 season, proving himself as a player who can make a genuine impact off the bench.
Kevin Volland certainly knows what entertaining's all about as part of a Hoffenheim side who have set the Bundesliga alight this season. His reward is a chance to show Joachim Löw what he is capable of as a valid alternative in attack having pipped Max Kruse for a spot in the 30-man squad.