Captain Maximilian Müller returns to the Germany side for the 2014 hockey World Cup as does corner specialist Christopher Zeller but former world player of the year Moritz Fürste has not recovered from a knee injury in time to make the tournament.
Germany coach Markus Weise said he had chosen a squad with which he could work intensively with in the last two weeks of preparation. The Dusseldorf four nations had shown his side was close to the mark but it remained to be seen if that could be turned into breakthrough in the Hague.
Long-time regulars Müller, Oliver Korn and Fürste were all under injury clouds ahead of the final selection. While Müller and Korn came through, Weise did not want to take the risk with Fürste after his cruciate ligament rupture,. Not least he wants to protect the 29-year-old who should be part of Germany’s longer-term plans to make it three Olympic titles in a row at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Zeller, who missed the 2013 European championships win due to an examination, is back and world young player of the year Christopher Ruhr plays in his first major tournament.
Nr. Name Club Age Caps (outdoor)
1 Jacobi, Nicolas (Tor) UHC Hamburg 27 57
3 Butt, Linus Crefelder HTC 27 94
4 Müller, Maximilian Nürnberger HTC 26 179
6 Häner, Martin Berliner HC 25 109
8 Grambusch, Mats Rot-Weiss Köln 21 19
10 Wesley, Christopher Nürnberger HTC 26 84
13 Hauke, Tobias Harvestehuder THC 26 204
14 Rabente, Jan-Philipp UHC Hamburg 26 90
15 Wess, Benjamin Rot-Weiss Köln 28 150
16 Arnold, Pilt Berliner HC 25 62
17 Rühr, Christopher Uhlenhorst Mülheim 20 20
18 Korn, Oliver UHC Hamburg 29 146
19 Zeller, Christopher Rot-Weiss Köln 29 187
20 Zwicker, Martin Berliner HC 27 91
23 Fuchs, Florian UHC Hamburg 22 97
24 Fürk, Benedikt Uhlenhorst Mülheim 25 40
26 Stralkowski, Thilo Uhlenhorst Mülheim 26 63
30 Reuß, Felix (Tor) Uhlenhorst Mülheim 23 7