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.

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, Loew 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 04 and Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland.

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.

The squads: GERMANY: Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller, Ron-Robert Zieler. Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz, Benedikt Hoewedes, Mats Hummels, Marcell Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, Marcel Schmelzer. Midfielders: Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter, Leon Goretzka, Mario Goetze, Andre Hahn, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Max Meyer, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger. Forwards: Miroslav Klose, Kevin Volland.

SOUTH KOREA: Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong, Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Bum-young. Defenders: Kim Jin-su, Kim Young-gwon, Yoon Suk-young, Hwang Seok-ho, Hong Jeong-ho, Kwak Tae-hwi, Lee Yong, Kim Chang-su. Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng, Ha Dae-sung, Han Kook-young, Park Jong-woo, Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Chung-yong, Ji Dong-won, Son Heung-min. Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Keun-ho, Park Chu-young, Kim Shin-wook. — Agencies

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