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Lars Bender: My dream is broken

Germany midfielder Lars Bender has admitted that a childhood dream has been broken by his World Cup-ending injury.

The Bayer Leverkusen star was widely expected to be named in Joachim Low's final 23-man squad but picked up a thigh injury during training in the national team camp in South Tyrol.

Bender has spoken of his disappointment at missing out and says he will have to spend some time away from football to recover.

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