Whereas the goalkeeper and defender ratings seemed rather conservative, “kicker” choices in midfield seem a bit extravagent. There is no question that Mario Götze is a rising superstar, but it’s premature to put him among the best 2-3 players in the world. He’s been great in the Bundesliga and now in Europe, but at only 20, he hasn’t made an impact in the national squad yet. Having Toni Kroos in the international class seems too high as well, and although Alex Meier is finally getting some deserved recognition, I wouldn’t say he’s international class either.
As far as wingers, Franck Ribery probably is World Class. It’s hard to think of someone better. He’s the top graded player player in the Bundesliga (which is almost always a GK, so that alone is pretty impressive), and he’s a major impact on the French national squad. It might be a bit generous putting the others in international class, but they might be borderline, especially Thomas Müller.
On the defensive side, while Schweinsteiger is a given (at least when he’s not injured), the inclusion of Rode and Schwegler is ridiculous. No one has even heard of these guys, and while they’ve been brilliant with Frankfurt, they’ve got a way to go to establish themselves. On the other hand, Javi Martinez, who might qualify, is marked down – rightly so – due to injury and his late transfer.
OFFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS World Class 1. Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund) International Class 2. Toni Kroos (Bayern München) 3. Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) In wider circle 4. Aaron Hunt (Werder Bremen) 5. Diego (VfL Wolfsburg) 6. Andreas Ivanschitz (FSV Mainz) 7. Kevin de Bruyne (Werder Bremen) OFFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS - WINGERS World Class 1. Franck Ribery (Bayern München) International Class 2. Thomas Müller (Bayern München) 3. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) 4. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund) 5. Gonzalo Castro (Bayer Leverkusen) 6. Juan Arango (Borussia Mönchengladbach) 7. Szabolcs Huszti (Hannover 96) In wider circle 8. André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen) 9. Takashi Inui (Eintracht Frankfurt) 10. Jefferson Farfan (Schalke) 11. Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen) 12. Stefan Aigner (Eintracht Frankfurt) 13. Julian Draxler (Schalke 04) DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER World Class (none) International class: 1. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München) 2. Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt) 3. Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt) In wider circle: 4. Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund) 5. Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund) 6. Stefan Reinartz (Bayer Leverkusen) 7. Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) 8. Javi Martinez (Bayern München) 9. Julian Baumgartlinger (FSV Mainz 05) 10. Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen) 11. Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen) 12. Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04) 13. Cedrick Makiadi (SC Freiburg) 14. Roman Neustädter (Schalke 04) 15. Elkin Soto (FSV Mainz 05) 16. Julian Schuster (SC Freiburg)