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Germany opt to shuffle squad

Germany coach Joachim Low has trimmed his World Cup squad to 27, but has drafted in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer.

Ahead of a training camp in Italy next week, three players have been released from the ranks and one replaced.

Hamburg defender Marcell Jansen has dropped out of the original 30-man party, along with Schalke's teenage dup Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer.

Augsburg's Andre Hahn has also been cut from the squad, but has seen his place taken by Kramer.

Low said: "This has nothing to do with Hahn's performances. It has to do with the position in the central midfield where we had several players with injuries or were absent for some time.

"So we want to have a further option with us at the training camp so as to be prepared for any scenario."

Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski remain part of the set-up, as does Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle.

Germany must settle on a 23-man selection by 2nd June, with their Group C campaign in Brazil this summer set to pitch them into battle with Ghana, Portugal and the USA.

Germany's revised 27-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)