Voller plays it safe
Germany manager Rudi Voller has announced his World Cup squad, which contains few surprises.
Up front, he has gone for experience with Carsten Jancker and Oliver Bierhoff, rather than the much fancied Martin Max, the Bundesliga's top scorer. Stability in defence is demonstrated by the selection of the entire Borussia Dortmund back line.
The midfield includes perhaps Germany's most creative player at present, Michael Ballack of Bayer Leverkusen, who could yet win the Champions League.
The full squad:
Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Jens Lehmann (Borussia Dortmund), Hans-Joerg Butt (Bayer Leverkusen), Thomas Linke (Bayern Munich), Christian Woerns, Sebastian Kehl, Christoph Metzelder, Joerg Heinrich (all Borussia Dortmund), Marko Rehmer (Hertha Berlin), Christian Ziege (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Ballack, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider (all Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Deisler (Hertha Berlin), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Jens Jeremies (Bayern Munich), Dietmar Hamann (Liverpool), Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04), Oliver Bierhoff (Monaco), Oliver Neuville (Bayer Leverkusen), Carsten Jancker (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Kaiserslautern), Marco Bode (Werder Bremen)
7th May 2002