Germany are also among this year’s favourites, as the team boasts talent and depth. The team is filled with household names and anything shy of a semi-final would come as a disappointment. Manuel Neuer is the man who occupies the current first choice goalkeeper spot, with Roman Weidenfeller being second. The defence includes players such as Jérôme Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Marcel Schmelzer. The midfield is just as talented with Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Mario Götze, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and André Schürrle being some of the players called up. The strikers that earned a call up were veteran Miroslav Klose, Kevin Volland and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski.

Other teams that are regarded as underdogs include Belgium, Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal, while the favourites to win the World Cup include Argentina, Spain and Brazil.

 

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