Anger builds as £15m Liverpool, Arsenal target dropped from World Cup squad

Joachim Low Germany

The omission of Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Kevin Volland is a controversial topic in Germany.

German boss Jogi Low announced his World Cup squad on Monday, with Chelsea and Arsenal's representatives making the cut.

A player tipped to join them in the Premier League, under-21 captain Kevin Volland, was not so lucky.

The Hoffenheim forward is valued at £15 million and has been in impressive form this campaign, with 12 goals and nine assists, while often played out wide.

The Mirror reported that Liverpool and Arsenal were among five clubs keen on the attacker, who was hoping to show his credentials at the World Cup in Brazil.

That is now out of the window, with Volland one of the players dropped from the preliminary squad and failing to make the final 23.

And with Germany only having one recognised striker in 35-year-old Miroslav Klose, the decision has caused quite a backlash.

Former Liverpool full-back Markus Babbel was sympathetic towards the player he once coached at Hoffenheim:

He told Sport1.de "That's really bitter for the boy. I would have expected him to be involved. Maybe he needs a little more time."

Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Thomas Strunz was more animated:

"I do not know why he left him for Cameroon 90 minutes on the bench. For Volland the game would have been ideal to be able to prove, and also when he has four ball contacts and zero shots on goal in one half, Loew would still be able to say:.., he does not fit, but now he has no comprehensible arguments."

Germany plan to use Mario Gotze and even Mesut Ozil in a false nine role if they do not play the veteran Klose, who bagged eight goals this season for Lazio.

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