Germany women’s national team coach Martina Voss- Tecklenburg announced her full 23-player squad for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday. She also added five players who will participate normally in the training camp with everyone else, but whom she deems as backup players, mostly there to cover in case of injuries.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Merle Frohms (SC Freiburg).
Defenders: Carolin Simon (Olympique Lyon), Kathrin Hendrich, Leonie Maier (both Bayern Munich), Marina Hegering (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling, Sara Doorsoun (both VfL Wolfsburg), Johanna Elsig (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Giulia Gwinn (SC Freiburg).
Midfielders & Strikers: Lena Sophie Oberdorf, Lea Schüller, Linda Dallmann, Turid Knaak (all SGS Essen), Svenja Huth (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyon), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz, Verena Schweers, Melanie Leupolz, Lina Magull (all Bayern Munich), Klara Bühl (SC Freiburg).
Backup players: Kristin Demann (Bayern Munich), Lisa Schmitz, Felicitas Rauch (both 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Lena Lattwein (TSG Hoffenheim), Pauline Bremer (Manchester City).
There are a number of major surprises in this Germany squad. Lena Oberdorf , who is by the way still in school , tops that list no doubt. Klara Bühl and Giulia Gwinn are also both teenagers among the main 23.
Beyond that, Laura Benkarth has only just fully recovered from an ACL injury and has started first team games at club level since last month. Meanwhile, Leonie Meier has been away from the national team for a long time due to injuries and lack of form but has much experience to offer.
Among big names not in the main 23, are Kristin Demann and Pauline Bremer. Not invited at all is veteran Simone Laudher (Bayern Munich), who retired from international soccer in response to not being picked.
Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg) quit the national team recently, when she recognized that she would not make the World Cup squad.
Germany is in arguably the most difficult group of the tournament, which also includes China, Spain and South Africa.