Boateng World Cup boost for Germany

Jerome Boateng has provided a boost to Germany's World Cup squad by stepping up his return to training following a hamstring injury.

The Bayern Munich defender missed the final month of the season after the injury forced him off in the first half of his side's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

But he posted a video on Twitter on Tuesday evening which showed him going through drills with the ball in training, captioned: "Finally the ball back on my feet."

Boateng played in all seven games of Germany's victorious 2014 campaign in South Africa and has won six successive Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League with Bayern.

Boateng was on of six centre-backs named by national team boss Joachim Low in a 28-man preliminary squad for this summer's tournament in Russia.

Club-mates Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea, Borussia Monchengladbach's Matthias Ginter and Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah are Low's other options.

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