Berlin, Germany: Germany coach Joachim Loew excluded veteran striker Mario Gomez from his 30-man pre-World Cup squad on Thursday.
Gomez, 33, was always a long shot as he has played only nine league games, scoring three goals, for Fiorentina this season. (Brazil omit veterans Ronaldinho, Kaka for upcoming World Cup)
But having scored 25 times in 59 games for his country, the former Bayern Munich star was hoping to muscle his way into Loew's reckoning.
While he misses out, there is room for 35-year-old Miroslav Klose, who needs just one more World Cup goal to equal the all-time record of 15 set by Brazilian Ronaldo.