Jogi Löw nominates four debutants for the match against Chile

What does that mean for the final nomination of the world cup squad?

The German national coach surprised all pundits with the players he called for the friendly match on March 5th. The two defensive players Shkodran Mustafi (Samdoria Genoa) and Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), as well as the attacking players Andre Hahn (FC Augsburg) and Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV) will be part of the national team for the very first time.

In contrast other players, such as Rene Adler from HSV or Max Kruse from Borussia Mönchengladbach, who recently have always been selected, are missing this time because of their weak performances in the Bundesliga in the last couple of weeks.

These nominations are especially interesting when you think about the final squad for the World Cup. With this action the national coach sends out the message, that a player doesn’t have to be member of a big team or doesn’t have to play in the Bundesliga at all, in order to get a place in the World Cup squad.

So even if you’re a player of a supposedly average team like Sampdoria, SC Freiburg or FC Augsburg, you will have the chance to be nominated for the German national team.

The other message of this nomination is that players are called because of their current performances with their teams and not as a habit. There have been times in the past when one wasn’t too sure if this logical code of practice was being readily applied.

Two of the debutants will be of real interest to Premier League clubs.

Shkodran Mustafi is a 21-year-old central defender who plays for Sampdoria in Serie A, but was on the books at Everton before this.

David Moyes released the versatile youngster in 2012 after three years in the Goodison Park outfit’s reserve ranks.

During this time Mustafi did not make any domestic appearances for the Merseysiders but did feature as a substitute in a Europa League game against BATE Borisov.

Interestingly, Mustafi was also born in Watford, and despite having Albanian family ties has pledged his allegiance to Germany – he has already featured from under-16 level through to the under-21’s.

Another of the new faces is Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter, who has been consistently linked with a move to Arsenal in recent times.

With his club in threat of being relegated from the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old centre-half has recently admitted he could leave the club in the summer.

Despite his side struggling, Ginter has impressed with his maturity and physical attributes, with Arsene Wenger’s men being linked with a potential £6 million move for the young star in the recent past.

Other new faces to the Germany squad are Augsburg midfielder Andre Hahn and Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Hahn is something of a wildcard given that he has not represented his country at age grade level before, while Lasogga has netted 11 Bundesliga goals in 14 starts for relegation threatened Hamburg this term.

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