Germany midfielder Lars Bender stunned by World Cup withdrawal

Germany midfielder Lars Bender expresses his shock at being ruled out of the World Cup with a thigh injury.

Germany midfielder Lars Bender has expressed his shock at being ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

The three-time champions confirmed on Friday that the 25-year-old will miss this summer's tournament due to a thigh problem.

Bender now admits that he is in a state of shock after being forced to withdraw from the squad.

"It's a dream that has been broken," he told Bild. "I need to process it first. I have to go for a rest. I've only just left the national team. I cannot tell you how I'll deal with it. I need a couple of days of rest and distance.

"I've been preparing myself and looking forward to it forever."

Germany have been drawn against Portugal, Ghana and the USA at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on April 13, 2013
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