Germany's squad for the FIFA World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Age 28; 45 caps. Undisputed number one in the team, if not the world, has been in position since 2010 World Cup. Solid and calm under pressure and with superb reflexes, big keeper adds much-needed confidence at the back.
Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund) Age 33; 2 cap. Making trip to Brazil after surprise call-up following years of being overlooked. Has had several outstanding seasons with Dortmund and inclusion in squad was long-delayed reward.
Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96) Age 25; 3 caps. Got the nod ahead of several other young and exciting prospects. Has been outstanding for Hanover in the past two seasons.
Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich) Age 25; 38 caps. Has enjoyed stellar run with Bayern in past two years but has not been as consistent for Germany with central defending partnerships changing. Tall and physically strong, lacks some speed but makes up for it with powerful shot on occasional ventures forward. Played against half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng when Germany faced Ghana in 2010 World Cup.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Age 29; 96 caps. Once the pillar in defence, his starting spot has been shaken by several below-par performances in the last few years. Still a dominant player in defence and capable of defending against the best. Lack of speed makes him vulnerable to quick strikers.
Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund) Age 25; 4 caps. Quick and versatile, Grosskreutz booked his spot in the squad as Germany struggle to find a right back should captain Philipp Lahm play in midfield. Equally at ease in the midfield and enjoying his runs down the pitch, Grosskreutz will play a variety of roles at the tournament.
Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund) Age 22; 1 cap. A revelation during this season's Champions League, Durm won his first cap this month but still was included in the squad with a lack of left backs following the injuries to Marcel Schmelzer and Marcell Jansen.
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) Age 25; 29 caps. Has not enjoyed his best season, missing much of it through injury and working towards reclaiming his consistency for Germany. On a good day, he is rock in heart of defence and dangerous with his head at set-pieces.
Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04) Age 26; 20 caps. Versatile and strong. Can be deployed in number of defensive positions but could shift to