Germany coach Joachim Low has
dropped forward Cacau and teenager Julian Draxler from his Euro
2012 squad after cutting four players to finalise his list on
The Cacau omission means Low will travel to Poland and
Ukraine with only two out-and-out strikers in Mario Gomez and
"I knew from the start that there would be a lot of
competition," said the 31-year-old Brazil-born striker who was
part of the 2010 World Cup squad but lost his starting spot at
VfB Stuttgart this season.
"Like the younger players I am also very disappointed but
still feel part of the team and wish them from the bottom of my
heart to play a great Euro."
Low also left 20-year-old Borussia Monchengladabach
goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen at home after he conceded five
goals in the 5-3 friendly defeat by Switzerland on Saturday.
"I am obviously disappointed. But the defeat on my
international debut was an important moment in my career and I
hope to get the chance again," Ter Stegen said.
Midfielder Sven Bender (pictured) was also dropped but his twin brother
Lars made the squad.
Germany are in Group B and play Portugal in Ukraine's Lviv
on June 9 before facing Netherlands and Denmark.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder
Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng
(Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels
(Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per
Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Gotze
(Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami
Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas
Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Lukas
Podolski (Cologne), Marco Reus (Borussia Monchengladbach),
Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose
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