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Joachim Low's new squad - Who are newcomers?

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Only three of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad survived Joachim Low's latest selection ahead of the international fixtures. Here, we look at who the new additions are, and why Low is looking to change tack...

Lukas Klostermann, Niklas Stark, and Maximilian Eggestein were included in the 23-man squad for a friendly international against Serbia on Wednesday and the European Qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday, both live on Sky Sports.

But only captain Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Matthias Ginter were part of the 2014 World Cup squad, and just over half were involved in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Low's announcement last week that he would no longer call up 2014 world champions Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller, after Germany's shock 2018 World Cup first-round exit and their Nations League relegation late last year, came as a shock.

But Low insists it's more of a shift in how they play, not who they play.

"A new cycle is starting with the Euro 2020 qualifiers and given last year's results changes are necessary," Low said.

"After the end of the Nations League, we thought about how the team should play in the next qualifiers, how it should look in 2020.

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