Neid said: "The players didn't make the decision easy for me but I'm convinced that we'll go to China with a squad which offers various options and each player is very fit and highly-motivated is."

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"I think we have a good mixture of young and old players and in each position we have at least two players, so we also have quite a lot of flexilbility" she added.

After goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg sustained an ACL injury in January and aggravated a calf tissue injury before last week's 5-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic, Neid has nominated Nadine Angerer as first choice 'keeper.

"We have two world class goalkeepers which many other nations envy" said Neid .

In defence, Kerstin Stegemann, Sandra Minnert and Ariane Hingst possess nearly 450 caps, whilst up front, the staggering goalscoring record of Birgit Prinz [108 goals in 163 caps] will be sure to have opposition defences more than wary.

Germany squad:

No Player

Club

Age

Caps

Goals

1 Nadine Angerer

FFC Turbine Potsdam

28

46

0

2 Kerstin Stegemann

SG Wattenscheid 09

29

161

6

3 Saskia Bartusiak

FFC Frankfurt

24

3

0

4 Babett Peter

FFC Turbine Potsdam

19

12

0

5 Annike Krahn

FCR 2001 Duisburg

21

25

0

6 Linda Bresonik

SG Essen-Schoenebeck

23

28

2

7 Melanie Behringer

SC Freiburg

21

15

4

8 Sandra Smisek

FFC Frankfurt

30

116

27

9 Birgit Prinz

FFC Frankfurt

29

163

108

10 Renate Lingor

FFC Frankfurt

31

128

30

11 Anja Mittag

FFC Turbine Potsdam

22

38

5

12 Ursula Holl

SC 07 Bad Neuenahr

25

2

0

13 Sandra Minnert

SC 07 Bad Neuenahr

34

139

15

14 Simone Laudehr

FCR 2001 Duisburg

20

2

1

15 Sonja Fuss

FCR 2001 Duisburg

28

49

3

16 Martina Mueller

VFL Wolfsburg

27

57

26

17 Ariane Hingst

Djurgarden IF

28

132

9

18 Kerstin Garefrekes

FFC Frankfurt

27

77

23

19 Fatmire Bajramaj

FCR 2001 Duisburg

19

7

1

20 Petra Wimbersky

FFC Frankfurt

24

63

15

21 Silke Rottenberg

FFC Frankfurt

35

123

0