Özil and Podolski miss out in Bild readers' Germany XI

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Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski were the unlucky men to miss out from the team picked by the supporters, with Marco Reus and Mario Götze preferred.

Readers of German publication Bild have voted for their preferred starting XI ahead of this summer's World Cup, having watched their country toil to a 1-0 win over Chile last night.

Mario Götze settled the contest by turning in neatly from Mesut Özil's pass and the goal may have convinced a few to settle on the Bayern Munich star over the man who teed him up, with Arsenal's record signing having to make do with a place on the bench.

He is joined by fellow Gunner Lukas Podolski, who fails to make the grade but there is room for Per Mertesacker to cap off a good week for the defender, having penned a new deal with the club earlier this week.

Surprise choices include Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose, with no room either for the likes of Toni Kroos, Chelsea attacker Andre Schürrle, Ilkay Gundogan or Julian Draxler.

The selection of Phillip Lahm at left-back is also likely to cause a few raised eyebrows while Bastian Schweinsteiger's long road to recovery from injury marks him out as an interesting selection too.

German football expert Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) tweeted earlier: 'Bild readers' preferred Germany XI, in full: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Götze, Reus; Klose'.

What do you think of the XI and should Özil or Podolski be involved?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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