BERLIN, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Joachim Loew cut four players from the provisional World Cup squad ahead of the training camp, the German Football Association (DFB) announced in an official statement on Wednesday.
The four players, Schalke's duo May Meyer and Leon Goretzka, Hamburg's Marcell Jansen and Augsburg's Andre Hahn, will not travel to the training camp in South Tyrol on May 21.
Loew said Monchengladbach's Christoph Kramer replaced Hahn.
"This had nothing to do with Andre Hahn's performance. We were pleased with the way he presented himself. But we have some players in the midfield who were recently injured or return from long injury breaks. We therefore intend to take another option into the training camp to be prepared for any event. Christoph Kramer has left an excellent impression during the training sessions and matches," Loew said.
Loew reasoned the cuttings of the youngster Goretzka and Meyer: "Especially players like Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer belong to the future. They are still young, they still have many opportunities to play big tournaments."
The omission of Hamburg's Marcell Jansen has different reasons as the full back suffered an ankle injury at a friendly against Chile. "He has not had enough play time to find his rhythm."
After the ten-day preparation in South Tyrol the " Nationalmannschaft" will encounter Cameroon and Armenia for international friendlies before they leave Frankfurt for Brazil on June 7. Five days ahead of the departure, Loew has to submit his final 23-men World Cup squad to the FIFA.