A deep look at Germany’s chances of retaining the world cup.

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Although there are concerns over the fitness of captain Manuel Neuer, Joachim Low will, no matter what, be able to call upon several members of the side that beat Argentina in Rio four years ago, including Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira and the peerless Toni Kroos.

The squad has also been strengthened by the emergence of a plethora of talented youngsters such as Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt and Timo Werner.

Germany qualified for the finals in Russia with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 in UEFA Group C and scored 43 goals to boot.

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Current FIFA Ranking: 1

Previous World Cup appearances : 18 – 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

Best World Cup result: Winners – 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014

Group fixtures: June 17 vs Mexico, June 23 vs Sweden, June 27 vs South Korea.

Head coach: Joachim Low

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule

Midfielders: Mesut Ozil, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Sebastian Rudy

Forwards: Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner

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