Top 5 Players Who Were Cut From Germany’s 26 Man World Cup Squad

Top 5 Players Who Were Cut From Germany’s 26 Man World Cup Squad

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Germany coach Hansi Flick has named his squad for the upcoming World Cup, with the team without some big names
  • Timo Werner and Marco Reus headline a list of top players not included in the squad, with the midfield duo currently sidelined with injuries
  • Other star players who did not make the cut include Dortmund defender Matts Hummels and Wolfsburg striker Lukas Nmecha

The German Football Association (DFB) have announced its roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

On the 26-man roster were many familiar names, but also some surprising new faces.

Experienced players such as Marco Reus and Timo Werner were omitted due to injury, but Germany coach Hansi Flick has shown faith in Borussia Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko.

Germany, Matts Hummels, Marco Reus, Timo Werner, Qatar, 2022 World Cup
Timo Werner, Matts Hummels and Marco Reus are big names not included in Germany's World Cup squad. Credit: @sportsmole
Source: Twitter

The 17-year-old Cameroonian-born German forward has been in amazing form heading into the World Cup.

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The Die Mannschaft will take on Oman on Friday, November 18, before leaving for Qatar. Five players will not be checking in their boarding pass.

Here are the top five players who were cut from Germany's 26-man roster below and why.

Matt Hummels (Dortmund)

With four central defenders firmly locked into place, it was going to be difficult to see Hummels make the final squad.

Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Lukas Klostermann and Armel Bella-Kotchap have earned call-ups and are part of the fold, barring any injuries, to travel to Qatar.

Timo Werner (Leipzig)

The Leipzig forward was dealt a cruel blow when he hobbled off during his side's 4-0 thumping of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Werner was ruled out of the Mundial after sustaining an ankle problem in the match, and he will curse his stars - particularly after his return to the Bundesliga had seen him rediscover his old form somewhat after a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge.

Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg)

The 23-year-old has been one of the standout players in the Bunesliga this season and was well placed for a berth in Qatar, but Germany coach Hansi Flick preferred Dortmund teenager Youssoufa Moukoko.

Nmecha made his debut for the four-time World Champions back in November 2021 as a late substitute and is yet to start under Flick.

He may not boast a great deal of international experience, but he has only scored one goal less than Serge Gnabry's three in his season's Bundesliga for an inconsistent Wolfsburg side.

Marco Reus (Dortmund)

The story of Reus is probably the saddest one, as he's set to miss his fourth major tournament. The Borussia Dortmund captain picked up an ankle injury in September and then re-aggravated it just a month later.

The tournament in Qatar will be the second World Cup that he will miss, after already failing to make the cut for the 2014 edition due to injury.

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Germany announced their World Cup squad and it’s easy to see why they are one of the favourites, Sports Brief earlier reported.

While there are notable omissions, Hansi Flick’s side still boasts a great mix of youth and experience.

The Mirror reported that stars like Timo Werner and Marcos Reus have missed out due to injury, while veteran defender Mats Hummels has also been left out.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)