Why are Germany taking only two strikers to Brazil?

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With just two recognised strikers on the roster, are Joachim Low’s side planning on emulating Spain's success with a false number nine?

Germany’s preliminary World Cup squad was announced last week, and it took many by surprise that only two strikers were listed in the group of 30 with no place for Mario Gomez.

The Fiorentina man will be disappointed having recovered from a knee injury, especially with the lack of German strikers, but coach Joachim Low has expressed his desire to only take a squad of fully fit players to Brazil. Another omission was Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse, who despite indifferent form finished as the second-highest German goalscorer in the Bundesliga.

Instead, the two listed are international hero Miroslav Klose in what will likely be his final tournament and Hoffenheim’s impressive youngster Kevin Volland - whose impressive displays are rumoured to have attracted the likes of Borussia Dortmund - even though he has played a lot of games out wide in a Lukas Podolski-esque position.

The selection seems to be a big indicator of how Low’s side plan on playing in Brazil. With players like Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and Marco Reus having played as a lone frontman this season, it would be surprising if Germany didn’t play with either a false nine or with a pacy striker to go with their abundance of creative midfielders.

Klose might be coming along as a different option should they struggle to break down their opponents, but expect them to play with as many of their creative players as they can fit on to the pitch who look to wear down teams before picking them off.

It feels a little strange seeing a German side go to a World Cup without a real talismanic striker, but they will want to be playing entertaining - and hopefully winning - football regardless.

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