On the Plane: 5 Uncapped German Players Who Deserve to Go to Russia 2018

Germany are one of the finest football nations in the world with no shortage of talent and quality.

In the last tournament, the country took South America by storm to claim their fourth World Cup.

The retirements of Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski have left manager Joachim Löw with a headache to replace them, but several stars have emerged since.

Nevertheless, there are a fair few who deserve a shot to prove themselves ahead of the tournament in Russia.

Here are five uncapped players who remain under-appreciated, but still have much to offer.

5. Willi Orban - RB Leipzig

With Timo Werner, Naby Keïta and Emil Forsberg stealing the spotlight, Willi Orban's contributions in RB Leipzig's defence have gone largely unnoticed.

The ex-Kaiserslautern centre-back was an integral player to Leipzig's incredible first season in the top flight and has helped steady the ship with the extra influx of games this campaign.

Orban's expertise in defence and leadership should put him ahead of Benedikt Höwedes in Löw's conquest for a fifth World Cup.

4. Philipp Max - Augsburg

Not to be confused with Borussia Dortmund's Maximilian Philipp, Philipp Max has arguably been the best full-back in the Bundesliga this season.

Reliable in defence, the left-back has excelled going forward and has been a major factor in  Augsburg's push for a Europa League place with his outstanding crossing and 10 assists.

Max could fill the void left by RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg, who is likely to miss the World Cup with a severe knee injury.

3. Benjamin Hübner - Hoffenheim

Undoubtedly one of the most under-appreciated defenders in the Bundesliga, Benjamin Hübner has been a beacon of impressive consistency for Hoffenheim.

Despite losing Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy, Hübner has still flourished in Julian Nagelsmann's constantly changing system.

The centre-back is excellent in regards to positioning, as well as tackling and reading play. At the age of 28, this may be his best chance of a call-up for Germany. 

2. Mark Uth - Hoffenheim

Another Hoffenheim player and one who has made headlines recently, Mark Uth has established himself as another late bloomer in the Sinsheim club's ranks.

With the departure of Sandro Wagner in January, Uth is now the fulcrum in attack, having scored 10 in the league this season already.

The Cologne-born striker has been nothing short of clinical in a side mired with second season blues, and could provide reliability up front for Germany alongside Wagner and Timo Werner. 

Uth deserves a chance over Serge Gnabry, who has looked out of place on loan at Hoffenheim, and will be joining Schalke on a free in the summer.

1. Ralf Fährmann - Schalke

Perhaps the finest German 'keeper yet to play for the country, Ralf Fährmann has proved his worth abundantly with Schalke.

Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp are ahead in the pecking order, but both have had their calamitous moments for club and country.

The recent performance against Bayern aside, Fährmann has been a rock for die Königsblauen, but has frequently been let down by his defence.